It's delightfully ironic that people seem to think that commercial designs and characters that are part of pop culture are somehow free to use and different than designs and characters that they make themselves. Why don't you go back to what you said about The Fix (you know the design you stole from sesame street).
tjost wrote:Well this was an experiment and I think it went well. 262 votes in then terminated. The thing is that this isn't really breaking copyright because as I stated before, round eyes like those shown can't be copyrighted due to previous art standards (also his pupils are dilated and uneven in size). The rest of the image can be interpreted in several different ways. I was not showing a mouth or body (which is what the character in question is immediately recognizable by) and the image could very well be a blue spider (cobalt blue tarantula) cartoon image that enjoys cookies.
With the other BLATANT copyright infringing images that have been printed lately though that don't even try to hide what they are I am upset by not surprised.
Please vote for my remaining (original) concepts below and thank you for your support
Your argument went from this isn't cookie monster it could be anything, and none of the parts are copyrightable, to everyone else is stealing so why can't I? So which way would you like to have it?
Let's break it down shall we? The Fix is outright theft. You just drew cookie monster and tried to obfuscate it enough that you could get away with it. You added nothing original and nothing of your own.
The idea of a misfortune cookie is not your own nor were you the first to riff on "anthropomorphic foods finding each other cooked/eaten/etc." The idea in your shirt might be original, but it is obvious enough that it's extremely unlikely you were the first or only person to ever think of it even though maybe the first to put it on a shirt.
Here's the problem. The joke in Wirdou's shirt isn't the same as your misfortune shirt, and you already admitted you own nothing in The Fix. Additionally, taking ideas from multiple places and combining them in a new way is called transformation. Guess what's covered under fair use? That's right! Transformative uses.
You sound like a whiny hypocrite. If you want people to feel sorry for you or you want to take the moral high ground, stop using other people's work in your own. Given your print record I'm not sure that's possible, so suck it up. Fair use goes both ways. You aren't special.