I have applied for and received a copy right of a pencil drawing based on a famous 'reference piece'. If My use of this drawing is then challenged what then?
To include selling copies.......
The piece is the famous depiction of The Sailor on the Sea. My copy righted illustration is not the exact copy, it is 'like' it.
I have seen more than one scene of this nature, or composition of elements also in the public arena. I can assume each to be copy righted as well. So now I have this picture and it's copyright. A neighbor said 'This is not Yours and You have been advised where to see that for yourself'. I said, 'I received the copyright certificate so that means a search has been decided and no breach of public trust (must have been) impeded.'
Her response was that the government will just take Your money. So that means to me, the certificate must be improperly given and should be revoked. If she had her way.
I am seeking an answer on this......This art is CLEARLY based on a prior copy right. A certificate has been issued to me. If it is challenged then isn't one then challenging the US CopyRight Office not me? If I become challenged aren't I already cleared having ownership of the work's copyRight certificate?