For example, could I make an app and release it, but it uses the titles of anime and its characters? Would it be illicit to make revenue off of it?

  • How would it use those? – D M Nov 28 '19 at 0:16

That depends. Simple references to the characters or anime being a real-life thing are typically allowed but any anime artwork or audio would have to be transformative or for educational purposes to fall under fair use.

As an example your app can ask 'Goku is the protagonist of which anime?' and list Dragon Ball as an answer, but you can't put a straight clip of Dragon Ball on your app without permission.

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The devil is in the details, but likely yes - it is probable you would be infringing on their intellectual property. (This might not be the case of you are simply stating facts or relying in fair use, but your statement about "making revenue" would imply that's not the case.)

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