(Please read the entire question before you crucify me :p)
This is a question that has been on my mind for some time.
Basically, How much of a sprite needs to be changed in order for you to claim "ownership" of said sprite. I've made a few examples to illustrate my point.
(I made these examples specifically to illustrate my point)
Focus on Far Left, Second to bottom. The Feather Hat Guy.
Would this be enough to call your own? (I would say probably not.)
...But what if your create unique animations?
What if I make it nearly unrecognizable...
...And give this unique animations.
What if the end product has nothing in common except the skin tone?
What if a design is so simplistic, it would actually be easier to draw it yourself? Would this even be considered editing at this point?
So, my two main questions are...
- Can you Copyright an pixel art "Style"?
- How much of a sprite needs to be changed in order for you to claim "ownership" of said sprite.