Can I use a copyrighted character as a persona for a Youtube channel?

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I asked this earlier, but I didn't explain it well enough, so I wanted to give it another go.

I want to start, and someday monetize a Youtube channel, and I wanted to use the character, Wormmon, from Digimon, as a persona. I knew this could potentially be dangerous waters, since Youtube's copyright system

I asked this earlier, but I didn't explain it well enough, so I wanted to give it another go.

I want to start, and someday monetize a Youtube channel, and I wanted to use the character, Wormmon, from Digimon, as a persona. I knew this could potentially be dangerous waters, since Youtube's copyright system is horrid, so I wanted to know what steps to take, to keep the character, but not step on any toes. The first plan I had to avoid this, is to make sure the image is changed, in order to avoid an exact likeness. Clothing, color possibly, ect. I also don't plan on just calling the channel, "Wormmon," there would be more to the name, it would just include Wormmon as well. Lastly, I wont be using any images from the digimon anime, or games. I will be hiring an artists to draw everything form me, from the ground up.

What are the other steps I can take here, if there are any? I'd really like to use this character, but if it's something I absolutely can not do, without getting into a ton of trouble, I'd rather know now.

Other answer:

Hefuryforge Thefuryforge:
No, I see what you're going for, but the problem is Digimon is of Japanese creation, and many YouTubers before have found out the hard way that copyright laws are MUCH different in many other countries.
Japan in particular can become very aggressive about copyright claims. I strongly suggest you don't carry through with it.
American made is a bit of a different story. Fact is you can be sued for using any character that doesn't fall under Public Domain.
Richard J:
You can use an obvious knockoff, I'd recommend changing the name, as well as the image just enough to not be copyright infringement.

Or you can contact the company directly and ask them to use their character. You can explain that it's fan art and not for profit. Or maybe pay to use it.

Your best bet is to ask the company directly or talk to an actual lawyer. My advice is based on my experience watching tv shows with knock off characters, and I doubt most people answering will have studied law.

Also, this question is posted in the section of Yahoo answers for writing computer programs, I'd recommend you gear it towards legal advice.

jplatt39:
Bad idea generally. Many copyrighted characters these days are also trademarked, and if the owner wants to move into anything that sounds like what you are doing you can be liable.
Daniel B:
You best option would be to contact the Digimon and work out a licensing agreement to use the character. You should probably hire a lawyer who does intellectual property work to handle this. Anything short of this could potentially open you up to legal problems later.
B00ty Warrior:
bad idea
depending on how strong the copyright is

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