Another Art related question

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Vasko
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:51PM
In regards to uploading pictures of art: I own some paintings that would make amazing stock photographs. Since I bought the artwork and am the full owner of the artwork do I have the right to photograph the artwork and put the pictures on iStock signing the model release as owner of the artwork?
jvoisey
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:13PM

Unfortunately not....

You only own the object, unless you have specifically purchased "reproduction rights"

see http://www.daviddelamare.com/law.html


Q: When I buy artwork do I have the right to reproduce it?
A: When you buy a piece of artwork, you purchase only the product itself. To photocopy, scan, or reprint an image you must first purchase rights of reproduction from the artist. Some artists are willing to sell these rights.
Vasko
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:23PM
Is that for sure. I’m only asking because I have heard both artists and owners tell me different stories. Is DELAMARE a reputable authority on copyright?

Assuming you are right. What if the artist is dead, then does the owner have copyright?
zerocattle
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:30PM
The copyright is for the life of the artist + 70 years. Then the art is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN and no one owns it.
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:03PM
You do not own the copyright to an painting/print/photo just because you buy it. The artist still owns the copyright unless they specifically sell that to you. To upload artwork from someone else we would need to see a legal contract from the sale of the copyright. This would have to be uploaded with each image.

Even if an artwork is over 70 years old you cannot just go reselling it as stock.
inkspotts
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:34AM
If I sell someone a painting and they start selling copies of it, they can for sure expect to hear from my attorney.

I can't imagine anyone even thinking that might be okay???
Vasko
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:56AM
Does anybody know of an online source where this contract can be found? A legal contract that shoes that the artist has given me copyright of their image and the right to reproduce it.
melbedggood
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:06PM
You don't own the copyright. You did not create it and did not employ someone to create it for you with a contract that you are now the owner and can reproduce it at your will.

If someone decided to reproduce my art work I would be extremely unhappy!

If you looking for copyright laws, I found the following on google, you could pose the question to them:
http://www.artlaws.com/

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