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Lets say I want to build iOS quiz with guessing images, and want to guess pokemons. If I edit image like : enter image description here

is it violating copyrights?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, it is. The Pokémon is still very recognizable. \$\endgroup\$ – Vaillancourt Oct 3 '16 at 12:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, it's a derivative work of an existing work. \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp Oct 3 '16 at 18:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. It is. This was a massive problem back in the days of RPG Maker VX forums, too. One person would sprite a tileset and someone else would have the audacity to recolor it and claim ownership. \$\endgroup\$ – Krythic Oct 3 '16 at 22:35