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Can an artist sell works showing buildings with logos on them?

Can an artist sell works showing buildings? How about buildings with logos on them? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Aug 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Legality of making prints from antique copper engraved plates

I have acquired two engraved copper printing plates which were produced in the 1850s by an artist who is internationally renowned. What is the legal situation regarding issuing my own edition from these plates? [more inside]
posted by mani on Aug 24, 2014 - 9 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Where does copying begin?

Images of a work incredibly similar to one made by my partner have been published and we do not know if there is a copyright infringement or what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2013 - 7 answers

"We kissed on the corner then danced through the night"

I'm going through a hand-lettering obsession lately, and becoming more interested in using text in artwork. I'm pretty comfortable with the parameters of fair use in terms of visual reference - using a photo to inform a painting, for example. But what's fair use if I want to paint a phrase or lyric or quote on a sign? The title of the question is my example: it is a line from Fairytale of New York. Is it a large or significant enough fragment that I would need to secure a license of the work if I wanted to create a painting and offer it for sale? The subject would be the text - more or less like this, versus a painting that included other elements with the text. I know there is often a range of ideal practice versus ordinary practice. Is this more formal like quoting a lyric in a book and giving copyright credit, or is it more informal like "I don't think Nick Cage signed off on the You Don't Say meme."?
posted by Lou Stuells on Sep 28, 2013 - 3 answers

What are the rules for drawing from a reference photo that is not yours?

Lets say I found an amazing macro photograph of a flower or of an old building and I wanted to do a very detailed graphite drawing of the photo. Am I able to claim this drawing as 'my' artwork? Can I use it in a painting to sell? Does the photographer need to be credited? Do I need permission in the first place to use the photo as reference or should I just avoid all the potential hassle and take my own darned photographs for reference from which to draw?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Feb 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"?

Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Dec 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

How to find a public domain image that's similar to a copyrighted piece?

Help me find a public domain drawing like this one [more inside]
posted by morninj on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

How to use Copyrighted characters in original Art?

I recently completed a series of art prints for an upcoming art show. I thought while I was getting them printed I would submit them to Zazzle and make them available online. But 3 out of 4 were rejected because of "A copyright complaint from the rightsholder". I think my work is a clear use of parody and would not be confused with an official product. [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 on May 3, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the economics of art reproductions?

Museum stores and art print retailers (e.g. art.com) sell reproductions of art in many forms. These include archival-quality prints, postcards, coffee mugs, t-shirts and so on. But sometimes I see a painting in a museum and I can't find any reproductions of it. What determines which pieces of art are available for reproduction and at what price? [more inside]
posted by cjh on Aug 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Repackaged images

Help me find where (or if) people have talked about the practice, seen on tumblr and in wider visual blog culture, of completely forgoing citation when posting other people's visual work. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Get your copyright on!

Can I republish repurposed PowerPoint images as political cartoons? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Aug 31, 2010 - 10 answers

Public Domain Jesus

Help me find vintage color Jesus art for my Tea Party Jesus blog, preferably pre-1923. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Jul 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Mona Lisa with a moustache.

Would I be infringing an artist's copyright if I copy her work for personal enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 12 answers

I need help with this creation.

I have invented a calendar that I think is unique in design and function. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Would it be wrong to paint my own version of a painting I like?

I stumbled upon a print of a painting selling online (sold by the artist thru a third party site) which I really love. I’m creative, so rather than buy the small and expensive print, I thought it would be fun for me to paint my own version of it. What are the ethics/copyright issues of this?... [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Jun 22, 2008 - 19 answers

What do you get when you buy some art?

If I buy an original piece of artwork, from the artist, without a written contract, who owns the copyright? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Mar 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me release a beautiful image into the public domain.

I need to make a simple contract in which I photograph something and the resulting images end up in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by fake on Nov 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Artist seeks to escape past: please advise.

I am an artist with an hell of demons in my past, who wants to start a website for my work without any of said demons tracking me down via google. So... I would like to start using a professional pseudonym, without changing my real name legally. How simple/complicated is this, and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

What can an artist do about unauthorized commercial use of his artwork?

An artist friend of mine was surprised to see his artwork used without permission on a flier for a band. He had posted the artwork on his website. What can/should he do to stop the misuse? I know that he automatically holds a copyright on the work as its creator. (I have advised him to post watermarked versions of his work in the future to prevent future misuse.)
posted by espertus on May 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Where can I find out of copyright botanical engravings?

Where can I find copyright/royalty-free botanical engravings? I'm looking more images like those on the last page of The Grammar of Ornament. Printed catalogues, modern (copyright/royalty-free) books, or antique books that I can scan are fine (I have access to one of the UK's desposit libraries). Online sources would ideally be at a high-resolution suitable for printing, but if they're lo-res, I'd still love to take a look. Like I say, I'm particularly interested in botanical images, but sources of anything decorative and ca. 19th century are very welcome. Sadly, I can't use advertising, text or images of people.
posted by caek on Oct 18, 2006 - 9 answers

Seeking Free Victorian to WWI-era Photos

Where can I find a large database of photgraphs like this that are in the public domain? I'm also looking for a large site with pictures from World War I that are free to use. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Someone is using my photo without permission

I post photos of my dogs onto my personal website. I just found someone on Ebay selling prints and t-shirts using a photo of one of my dogs. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Mar 21, 2006 - 38 answers

copyright deravative art

Copyright issue in derivative product / art ?? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Sep 15, 2005 - 10 answers

Legislation outrage?

LegalFilter: after reading an editorial I'm trying to decided if I should be outraged over parts of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 or not. [more inside]
posted by sbutler on May 4, 2005 - 13 answers

Is it legal to paint a trademarkedcopyrighted/patented product as art and sell it?

Is it legal for an artist to paint/draw a product (ex: iPod) as part of an artwork and sell it? Are there laws/precedents regarding this? Thanks.
posted by azul on Aug 5, 2004 - 11 answers

Rataining rights to a painting

So, last night I showed art in public for the very first time since showing some photoshop prints in 1997, and sold a painting. [Kinda crazy feeling, like i'm selling a child.] So i'm wondering, do i need a written contract to retain rights to the work? And what other cautions or words of advice as I prepare to sell some others?
posted by th3ph17 on Apr 16, 2004 - 8 answers

Copyright and Original Art

If you own an original piece of art, for intstance a painting, do you own its copyright and reproduction rights?
posted by dirtylittlemonkey on Apr 8, 2004 - 23 answers

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