can i use protected image in project with corruption

hi, for example i found a picture of michael jackson and it was obviously copy protected. if i corrupt that image with rescaling, change colors etc. after that can i use them in my project? if i can what is the limit of that corruption?

It’s called derivative work, and as long as the initial work still matters in the final result, you might get serious problem.

Read here for more details => Derivative work - Wikipedia