If were to be building a video game that I would be profiting off of (through ads or some buying feature), could I use memes that are derivative of copyrighted materials.
There is a currently popular meme called Big Chungus (which can be seen at https://i.stack.imgur.com/MxbBU.png)
It is taken from the Bugs Bunny TV show which I'm pretty sure is copyrighted. This meme, however, has spread through Instagram and the Internet and become frequently referenced. Does this mean it's in public domain and therefore legal to use?
edit: This is different from the linked question because of the reference to frequent use online as noted in the comment.
The image of Bugs Bunny as seen above is directly taken from the show, but another meme, called "Ugandan Knuckles," is a silly likeness of echidna from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Since this is a silly version and therefore a parody (right?) is it fair use?
edit: Thanks David Siegel for this edit. I believe the commentary Ugandan Knuckles is making is simply to make fun of the original image. Is this a legitimate commentary?