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06-04-2003, 08:11 PM
I have a question for the group. If I purchase an art print at my local retailer then use that print as part of another project. Can I resale the project I created.
I would not copy the print and I would purchase a new print for each project. I have attached a sample of how it would be used. Any opinions would be helpful. Thanks
06-04-2003, 09:42 PM
In the Threads Worth Reading at the top of this forum is a link to some copyright info sites on the net. You should check out fair use at the gov. site. You might also want to do some searches on the net for collage and fair use. This has been an ongoing question asks by many!
06-04-2003, 10:38 PM
Thanks Carly. I've been researching on the net tonight. Not sure I have found an answer but i'll keep looking
If you are taking the print and converting it to a puzzle, that would be a derivative work. Derivative works are prohibited by copyright laws. Fair use has a very specific legal meaning, so you should be clear about what it means. This question should probably be posted in the Legal forum.
When you purchase an artwork, original or reproduction, you do not get any rights to it. Copyrights can only be conveyed by explicit consent of the artist in a contract.
06-05-2003, 04:43 AM
I agree. Putting an artwork on other types of products (puzzles, mugs, posters, cards, etc.) requires licensing or reproduction rights. Buying a print or artwork does NOT give you any of these rights. You must contact the artist - usually a royalty or licensing fee is due.
Fair use usually covers research and educational purposes. For example, I was able to reproduce some book cover artwork in my Masters thesis to illustrate design in marketing.
If you sell something with someone else's artwork on it, it isn't allowed without artist permission. That should pretty much cover it.
06-05-2003, 07:58 AM
Thanks for the explanations. Once I thought about it for a while it just makes sence. I would'nt want someone else using my work without my permission. Well the search is on for an artist who will sell me limited rights to their prints.
06-05-2003, 04:57 PM
If you have a camera, a basic computer photo editing program, and a printer like the Epson C80, you could make your own prints. With the photo editing program, you could change the photo to make it look like a drawing or painting. (There are also programs that specialize in this kind of change, rather than photo editing.)
I mention the Epson C80 because it uses inks that last a long time. You could also spray the prints with a UV-inhibiting protective coating, or even varnish them.
06-07-2003, 01:41 AM
Thanks Cathy for some good suggestions. I do own a digital camera and photoshop. I'm going on vacation to the Smokey Mountains which hopefully will give me a chance to get some nice pictures.
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