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Old 05-02-2012, 03:41 PM
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Copyright law for murals

An artist was fired for not working on a mural he started for 7 months and the people who hired him couldn't reach him. When he showed back up they fired him. I'm in negotiations to replace him. Can I complete his mural without legal problems for the restaurant or for me?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:34 PM
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Re: Copyright law for murals

No. You will need to start again from scratch, otherwise you will be altering another artists work and could end up being sued. I'd also ask to see the original contract to be sure that painting over the other work can be done. Some artists have a clause in their contracts that ensure the only people able to do repairs and touch-ups are they themselves.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:22 PM
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Re: Copyright law for murals

Thanks. That's what I suspected.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:51 AM
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Re: Copyright law for murals

There is something else to check out.

Who designed the mural and how was the original contract worded. The country of this work is also important. You need to know if this was work for hire or the artist was providing a piece of art. Each country has their own laws on this.

For example, an artist working for Disney painting a mural for them as an employee has no legal copyright to the mural. The contract is the key. If this artist was working by the hour painting at the direction of the owners, copyright may not be held by the artist.
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