Report Is it legal to make video game remixes/covers without permission? in Community Posted July 3, 2012 "Illegal" and "gray area" are not the best descriptors. Building off of what ACO said, and in layman terms (read: not a lawyer), owners of copyrighted material retain distribution rights and are allowed to issue C&Ds to any (non- "fair use") distribution of derivative material that isn't explicitly authorized. [Damages can be awarded in cases of for-profit distribution or when the value of copyrighted material is somehow harmed by the distribution.] But, while owners are completely within their right to pursue legal action, but law is irrelevant if things don't progress to that point. That is to say that it comes down to 'fan' intent and to what most benefits the owners first and foremost, which is what several people have been driving at and which is why OCR is fine. So if everybody's cool, there isn't anything illegal going on. Also, while it hasn't been used here, I've seen fair use as a defense for fan works. I find this puzzling since it doesn't apply in the least. Please correct me if I got something wrong.