Q: If I create a non canon character in a canon universe. Can I be held liable?

Example: I want to create a character to use commercially in the Invader Zim universe, without using any of the main characters or storylines.

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A: Creating a non-canon character within an existing universe, such as in the Invader Zim universe, generally falls under the realm of fan fiction or fan-created content. However, the legal implications of using such a character commercially can be complex and may depend on various factors, including the intellectual property rights held by the original creators or copyright owners of the Invader Zim universe. It's crucial to note that using someone else's intellectual property for commercial purposes without permission could lead to legal issues, including copyright infringement claims. If possible, obtain permission or a license from the rights holders before using the created character commercially in a copyrighted universe.

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