22 hours ago, fpo said:
Firstly, thanks for trying to reach out about this before doing anything. That's always appreciated & helps avoid frustration later in the process if we find out about something like this after the fact.
What are the restrictions for fan art? IE What can I not make?
To my understanding, unpaid fan art is classified as a shared copyright between the artist and the copyright holder of the represented persona or figure in the art. So in this case, if you make a drawing of Linus (as he is a public figure), a right to that art is granted to both you as the artist and Linus as the figure being portrayed. Neither license holder can profit from that work without the express consent and approval of the other ie. we can't slap it on a t-shirt and sell it on our merch store without your consent as the artist, and you can't sell a print or shirt of it without Linus' (in this case LMG's) consent as the figure portrayed in the art.
So you can make whatever fan art you want, as long as you don't use direct logos or other copyrighted marks, and as long as you don't sell or attempt to license the art without our explicit permission.
Can I request donations if I also link the LMG merchandise store?
No; not without our express written consent, which in this case we would not grant.
On to the meat of the topic...
While we appreciate your interest in the community at large and our team, we respectfully request that you do not create this sim. We would not provide permission to use the name or likeness of any individual on our team in this manner, and we would not provide permission to use the names or logomarks of our company(ies) in this manner. The likeness & persona of each individual team member would be misused and misrepresented in this type of endeavor, and that is not something that we are comfortable with.
TL;DR We are not comfortable with our company - or the individuals within it - being used in this manner. Please do not do this.