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Old 12-02-2017, 11:42 AM
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commission and copyright/prints etc

hello,
I had someone request a commission. The photo was by her sister. I told her I needed permission from the photographer so her sister and I contacted each other and yes, she was ok with me using the photo for a painting.
I had not planned on making prints from it (tho it would be a lovely print) but if I do think of this I would obviously contact the photographer sister again to ask that.
I was contacted by the person who commissioned the painting today, we are trying to arrange drop off of the painting but she just mentioned maybe getting prints made (I haven't replied to her yet).. I am assuming she means possibly for her family. I am just looking for some info on how to present the copyright issue.
Basically I really do not have a problem with her making a few prints to distribute to her family members (the painting has her niece in it and I think will be a loved family heirloom). She mentioned getting it scanned locally. I don't want to pay for a scan (I am thinking she is ok with paying anyhow). But then she would have the copy of the scan. Do I say something along the lines of it's ok to scan it and distribute some copies to family only and absolutely non for sale?
Any ideas?
She is a friend and a service provider of a service I get every couple months, so I want to make sure it's all ok and worked out.
sigh, I hate this legal stuff
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:59 PM
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Re: commission and copyright/prints etc

They're actually ok with me making prints myself, so I think all is cool, but still interested to know other people's thoughts or experiences. Wondering if I should have a commission sort of contract in the future.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:58 PM
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Re: commission and copyright/prints etc

Of course you should have a written contract for a commission. Every one. Every time.

And of course, as the artist, you own the copyrights to the painting, including prints.

Much better in this situation if you make and are reimbursed for prints. Just be sure the source of the prints is high resolution and high quality, and the prints likewise. Copying on Staples copier is not the solution.

You will need a very good quality, high resolution file of the original painting and a good giclee printer in order to obtain high quality prints. If you don't have good giclee printers locally, this can be done over the Internet.

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