No, you can not do that without paying the copyright holder.
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No. Stop now before you get yourself in real trouble. I don't care who responds that there may be some fair use avenue for you to proceed down with the blog, this is a very bad idea without vetting by competent IP counsel. The specific answer to your initial question (which ISN'T your only problem with this idea), is that you need permission from Disney, not from someone else that also infringed Disney's IP by reproducing Disney's artwork. Bottom line, you want to profit off of Disney - which absent Disney's permission is going to result in trouble for you.
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Not without paying Disney for the rights to use their image. Disney, in particular, is highly active in protecting their images. I would recommend staying TWO ten-foot poles away from using any unlicensed images.
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No, it is not legal. You can't use an actual Disney image nor can you use an artist's rendering without the express written permission of Disney, Inc. or the proper company holder of the copyright for that character. It doesn't matter whether you are trying to use the image for profit or not.
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I agree in part with the only other intellectual property attorney who’s responded and disagree with all the rest.
As Attorney Siepmann rightly notes, “this is a very bad idea without vetting by competent IP counsel” and that Disney may cause trouble for you.
I disagree, however, with his conclusion that you categorically MUST acquire Disney’s permission to display its, relevant, fictional characters on a website specifically designed to comment and critique and discuss those Disney characters and the movies in which they appear.
There are many Disney-themed blogs that do a very good job of not causing source or association confusion with Disney and which limit their publication of Disney’s fictional characters to well within lawful fair use – so far within, in fact, that if Disney did file an infringement suit it would be sanctioned.
You and your own intellectual property attorney should review the blogs linked-to below and discuss how you can go about lawfully publishing Disney characters. Good luck.
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This is not advisable. It could pose legal risk under a number of intellectual property rights laws. My colleagues have noted many of them. There may be some leeway under fair use provided use is limited to what is minimally necessary for the commentary or critical review in the blog. It's best to work closely with IP counsel about this.
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