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Old 12-28-2019, 12:54 PM
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Does this still apply today?

I believe in the past it was considered acceptable to, say, use a wildlife photo in a calendar as reference for artwork as long as it is for your own ‘personal use’. I would guess that meant you were going to hang it in your own home, if you even wanted to display it. Plus the learning experience, of course. Nowadays, and I see this on social media, people will do paintings and sketches from copyrighted wildlife photos and post them on social media, sometimes saying it was just for learning and is not for sale. Sometimes they will say something like ‘copyright infringement not intended’. Does posting it on social media make it more like exhibiting work produced from copyrighted photos? Is it still considered acceptable? To me it ‘feels’ wrong, but I honestly have no idea if it is still ok to do that if you are not selling it.
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Old 12-28-2019, 05:13 PM
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To me it ‘feels’ wrong, but I honestly have no idea if it is still ok to do that if you are not selling it.
If it "feels wrong" to you then imo Don't do it. Why do something that feels wrong just because it's legal?
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:00 PM
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Re: Does this still apply today?

No changes to the law that make it ok, even if technology has changed how easily it can be publicly displayed. Ways to stay safe: Seek permission, keep it private, don't copy so closely it's recognizable as being from the original, and/or take your own reference photos. I've seen varying lawyers' opinions on whether "personal use" is technically legal, or just unlikely to be discovered/objected to by the copyright owner. What often triggers problems is when the artist decides they can't keep the painting to themselves anymore, post it publicly online, and especially if they start using it for gain.
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Old 12-29-2019, 11:46 AM
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I personally would not publicly share an image I did from a copyrighted photo, but I have seen others do it and it got me thinking about how much times have changed. I do ask and purchase rights, even though the resulting pieces may never be sold and I am not doing prints. It’s just sorta interesting, in the past ‘sharing’ a work from copyrighted reference would have been among friends and family, which does not feel wrong to me, but now ‘sharing’ is a few clicks to show it to potentially thousands of people, and that does feel wrong.
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Re: Does this still apply today?

Some really good suggestions already given.

"Fair use" can be a slippery little devil. Copying a photo by painting it with oils, acrylic, pastels, etc., to improve one's skills could easily be construed as "educational". Selling it might even be permissible (think 'editorials' quoting a new source, etc.).

My personal rule of thumb is, "If I didn't create it, get permission before using it." WC has a great image library of free-to-use photos made by WC members and shared with the groupl

I am not an attorney and do not portray one on the silver screen or internet. For advice on legal issues it is always best to consult a licensed attorney.
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:45 AM
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Re: Does this still apply today?

For me, just asking photographers has been fruitful. Lots of them will allow free use, or work meant to sell can be done for a reasonable fee. I always ask if I am planning to share on social media, whether it’s a sales piece or not. Times have changed so much, I think using calendar photos and being able to resist sharing on social media could be pretty tough for many.
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Re: Does this still apply today?

I've found plenty of public domain photos to work from. A really great place to look is on the National Park Service website. Any photo created by a government employee as a part of their work is automatically in the public domain. So not only are there great photos of parks from all over the US, they'll have wildlife, etc. Sometimes they post personal photos, so check the copyright info. Pixabay is a pretty good source, too.
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Also, depends what you did with the picture... if you photo bashed it in digital art.. then you are in a much deeper issue than if you used a dog picture to check how the fur in a Pug behaves aroung his neck for your own completely different PUG painting.
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