and here are the dance moves referenced from the comic:
It is my belief that Bill Watterson is open to fan fic and remakes of his works as long as there’s no profit from it. He recently said in an interview, “Every artist learns through imitation, but I rather doubt the aim of these things is artistic development. I assume they’re either homages or satiric riffs, and are not intended to be taken too seriously as works in their own right. Otherwise I should be talking to a copyright lawyer.”
This is meant as an homage, but it’s also about the artistic development of animation. I don’t think it should be taken too seriously as a work in its own right, but I like how it turned out and I want to share it with people! The frames referenced work as animation keys, even if they weren’t intended to be. I don’t think it detracts from the original to see them in motion.
While the copyright of Calvin and Hobbes belongs to Bill Watterson and Andrews McMeel Universal, I believe this is fair use based on the following:
-There’s no profit, advertising or otherwise.
-The use is transformative, not just derivative.
-The characters from the comic are redrawn, not copied. One of Watterson’s paintings was modified for the background. http://i.imgur.com/cZJK7h.jpg
-There’s no harm to the publisher’s ability to exploit the work. (Just the opposite… Everyone should buy the full collection… it’s great!)
“A healthy copyright system must balance the need to provide strong economic incentives through exclusive rights with the need to protect important public interests like free speech and expression. Fair use is foundational to that balance. Its role is to prevent copyright from stifling the creativity it is supposed to foster, and from imposing other burdens that would inhibit rather than promote the creation and spread of knowledge and learning.” -The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School