What with the Todd Goldman stealing from cartoonists story, I was reminded of the Rosie O'Donnell/Shepards case ....
Nice to see that everyone agrees how wrong Goldman is. I agree. But there are precedents for a "reimaginer" like Goldman. If the original creator(s) of these images sue Goldman, they may not win a lawsuit.
Case in point: Rosie O'Donnell and the mother and daughter team of courtroom artists, Shirley and Andrea Shepard. Some of you will recall that the Shepards sued O'Donnell when she (Rosie) used their art work in collages. Rosie's "art" was part of a Rosie art show at a Manhattan gallery. (Yeah, in between her magazine failing and her Broadway show tanking, Rosie was an artist for a time.)
The Shepards sued and lost. Rosie, who had torn up hi res images of their drawings to make her collage, had created what the court called a "new work." It was not plagiarism.
And, to quote Montgomery Scott, if my grandmother had wheels, she's be a wagon.