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May I use images made from NES game screenshots (Mario, Pac-Man) in an Open Source Project?

E.g. these are for "Error happened" events:
Mario jumps on a hedge Pacman eats mushroom

Notes:

  1. Pac-Man seems to be not from a game screenshot, but a reproduction (couldn't find the source).
  2. I'm not sure about whole screenshots too — may I, in example, use screenshot of Pac-Man bug as a page background? As an accompanying picture on the page/blog post?
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    Not knowing some facts is not a reason for downvote, especially when author tried searching an answer and his question is well formed. Thanks for you answer though. Jul 30, 2017 at 15:23
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    For what it's worth, this seems to be a decently fair question. It's a bit of a legal question, but I'm not worried about that.
    – Zizouz212
    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:51
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    What possible reason do you think you would be legally allowed to use someone else's copyrighted assets without permission?? Jul 31, 2017 at 3:54
  • @curiousdannii I don't use assets verbatim, I change them, so it is a derivative work and it's not always clear when derivative becomes a separate asset of its own. Also screenshot is like a photo and I'm not sure if every photo belongs to those whose assets are depicted on it. Jul 31, 2017 at 18:31
  • Under no circumstance you can use somebody's copyright works without permission. Whether your project is open source or not don't matter.
    – SmallChess
    Aug 1, 2017 at 1:40

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Even if your work pretends to be collage:

Remixes will inevitably encounter legal problems when the whole or a substantial part of the original material has been reproduced, copied, communicated, adapted or performed – unless a permission has been given in advance through a voluntary open content license like a Creative Commons license, ... Generally, the courts consider what will amount to a substantial part by reference to its quality, as opposed to quantity and the importance the part taken bears in relation to the work as whole.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix#Copyright_implications

Does this quote concerns using whole screenshots too (see question)?

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