dan o'neil, got it, thanks I'll check it out.. It would actually be a good thing on this site if we had a forum for legal issues. A place were someone could find information on past court cases, lawsuits, etc..
Most of those Weekly World News illustrations like Bat Boy were conceived and illustrated by a guy named Dick Kulpa, who is now owner/publisher of Cracked magazine. My guess is that this is one of his.
vague threats? huh? am i threatening anybody? whatyoosay?
look, the 'skull' was a product of the world news' art department - an illustration. there have been long thread debates about the merits of taking somebody else's illustrations without permission before and most of you find it a bad thing. combine that with the idea that this illustration was developed and produced by a very large corporation with a staff of lawyers well versed in litigation (the world news fr'chissake. they know about lawsuits) and you have a recipe for disaster. that's all i'm saying. if you want to be rebelious and flip off an outfit like that, more power to ya. but you also have to be adult enough to take the punishment if yer caught. do the crime, pay the time, ya know? this stuff doesn't exist in a total vacuum.
chuckles - go research dan o'neill. he's about as good an example as i can think of. i know smaller/seattle cases, too.
it's only cool until yer nailed. like i said, i've known people who's creative lives ended forever when they got caught. very dangerous territory to be 'cool' in. you really have to know the histories of the images you steal. honest!
ok, this is a territory that is dangerous copyright-wise. be careful. (this is from the world news - "Satan's Skull Found!!!). it's sorta like using 'batboy' or 'aliens shaking hands with clinton' o 'Elvis at 80!' - it's a classic image and well-known. you're safe so long as they never see it used. since this poster is so limited in distribution, you're probably ok, but i've known people who got nailed hard for stealing far less famous stuff to stick on a poster.