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Copyright infringement by doing derivative work

One of the most common misconceptions that people have about copyright is that if they change a certain percentage of a work, it is no longer infringement. It is. It's called a derivative work. It comes from the word *derive*, which mean to take from, or base on something else.

An example of a derivative work that would be an infringement of copyright would be to take my drawing, change the colors, change the fonts, put hats on everyone, or anything like that. You could make the dogs in the cartoon say, *bark-bark*. You could even turn the Mini-Cooper into a Volkswagen. But no matter what you do to it, it is still based on my copyrighted image, and you are infringing.

If you want to steer clear of copyright infringement, don't base your graphics or illustrations on someone else's. Be original.