WetCanvas
Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Channels:
Search for:
in:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > The Art Business Center > General Art Business > Legal Corner
User Name
Password
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Reply  
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-02-2012, 04:41 PM
Chiapet Chiapet is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8
 
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?
Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-02-2012, 07:34 PM
Greg Long's Avatar
Greg Long Greg Long is offline
WC! Guide
I am as excited as a chameleon in a bag of M&M's
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 9,898
 
Hails from Ireland
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.
__________________

Art by Greg Long . My Blog -- Business questions? Want ideas? Why not come join us in the Art Business Forum
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-02-2012, 10:22 PM
Chiapet Chiapet is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8
 
Re: Copyright law for murals

Thanks. That's what I suspected.
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-03-2012, 09:51 AM
painterswife painterswife is offline
Enthusiast
Wyoming
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1,373
 
Hails from Canada
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.
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:33 AM.


© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.