Re: Hi I have a question about copyright regarding Pixabay
As mentioned already, some venues are very specific, stating that unless you personally took the photo you can't use it for a painting, others require ownership or some form of copyright permission. I would say that you cannot have "full ownership" as you have stated of an image simply downloaded from Pixabay. If someone who actually owns the copyright of an image signed over full ownership to you, then that should fulfill the requirement, but be aware that many of the images on pixabay are not owned by the person posting them.
I have found several images on Pixabay that were not actually in the public domain as noted above, so do some research before you invest time into a painting. You might want to ask the people running the event specifically if a public domain image constitutes "full ownership".
I have come to the conclusion over the years that unless there is some very compelling reason to use someone else's photograph, it is best to only use your own photos as reference images for anything you might want to enter into a competition or sell.
Last edited by contumacious : 03-02-2020 at 02:09 AM.