Should be a pretty open and shut topic I guess. I remember having a discussion with someone over Deviant Art before about this and wonder if anyone here would know the specifics.
Long story short, I had created replacement characters for Ken Pender's parental figures for Sonic, and the backstory was so fitting for them that I thought even Sega would be impressed. Not that I made them specifically for Sega to take them, I simply didn't care if they did, even without credit.
I don't care enough to push the idea any further, but I am curious. Someone told me there was legal this or that that would prevent a company from using unsolicited fan creations. This true? Can someone elaborate for me?
What's the problem with using fan creations if unsolicited?
If it is such bad practice, why did I hear Capcom had hired the team who were making an HD Res Evil 2 (or hell, why would Sega allow that Whitehead guy to make Sonic Mania, for that matter)?