How do I know if a picture is copyright protected?

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Moshe1010
Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:28PM
Hello,

I would like to use this picture commercialy:
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/5499/55710810151001841102241.jpg

Howevr, I can't find to buy this picture anywhere (tried many images websites without any results). I see many T-shirts, decals, and websites for Facebook covers using this picture. Does it mean it's free to use? If not, how can I still use it?

Thanks for the help. 

(Edited on 2012-12-28 18:29:34 by Moshe1010)

(Edited on 2012-12-28 18:30:04 by Moshe1010)
cmannphoto
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:55PM

Looking closer at the image, it looks like the character is Bert from the Muppets so I doubt you would want to go down that road with this image.


Probably the best thing is to search for each of the elements here and put together your own design.
blackwaterimages
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:55PM
Posted By Moshe1010:  Does it mean it's free to use? If not, how can I still use it?


Unless explicity stated that its public domain (which I doubt this is) then SOMEONE holds the copyright. You cannot just simply use it because others decided to. Get permission or license the design - those are your only options if you're going to be able to legally use it.
cmannphoto
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:03PM

Here are some examples


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Moshe1010
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:18AM


Posted By cmannphoto:

Looking closer at the image, it looks like the character isBert from the Muppetsso I doubt you would want to go down that road with this image.


Probably the best thing is to search for each of the elements here and put together your own design.


I would not like to use the "MISC" portion of this image, so I would cut it anyways.


Posted By blackwaterimages:


Posted By Moshe1010: Does it mean it's free to use? If not, how can I still use it?



Unless explicity stated that its public domain (which I doubt this is) then SOMEONE holds the copyright. You cannot just simply use it because others decided to. Get permission or license the design - those are your only options if you're going to be able to legally use it.





I'm here because I don't want to use it without a premission. I have a great respect to copyright material, but I spent more than 30 hours combined on Google, and over 40 emails to manage and check who is the owner of this image (or any type of it. There are at least 30 versions of it), and nobody could point out one person. I just really need this picture for a project I do, and I have no alterantives for it.


 

Posted By cmannphoto:

Here are some examples


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That's a good idea. Thank you!

(Edited on 2012-12-29 01:19:18 by Moshe1010)
Whiteway
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:59AM
This might be a place to start:

Copyright © 2012 Cover Photos 4 Facebook
Moshe1010
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:27AM
Posted By Whiteway:
This might be a place to start:

Copyright © 2012 Cover Photos 4 Facebook

I've already contacted them. This is the email they sent me:
"We would not be able to advise you on this. Our covers are created by users and we have no ownership of them." 
Whiteway
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:25AM
Yep, that sounds like Facebook's attitude to copyright.

Have you contacted the web site that displays these things?
Moshe1010
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:31AM
Posted By Whiteway:
Yep, that sounds like Facebook's attitude to copyright.

Have you contacted the web site that displays these things?

Yes, this is the website that sent me the answer above. 
kelvinjay
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:47AM
Not sure if you've tried this but a reverse image look up may help you find more places that the image appears on the web and therefore maybe where it originated.

I would try Google image search http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=mi


Just click on the camera icon next to the search box and paste the image URL or upload the image.

Also, you could try Tineye: http://www.tineye.com/

May be worth a shot.
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:57AM

Posted By Moshe1010:
I'm here because I don't want to use it without a premission. I have a great respect to copyright material, but I spent more than 30 hours combined on Google, and over 40 emails to manage and check who is the owner of this image (or any type of it. There are at least 30 versions of it), and nobody could point out one person. I just really need this picture for a project I do, and I have no alterantives for it.


While normally, I'd agree with your quest, this has all the markings of a crowd modified meme, done over time. It is likely composed of elements that were taken from here or there online (due to the numerous different versions out there). Obviously the Bert shows that - no one contacted Children's Television Workshop for this.

The earliest reference I can find for the phrase, at least online, is here. This is the closest I could find to a trademark.

So, honestly, if your "project" is small, like a poster for your gym or whatever, I'd just use the graphic, or make the effort to source similar images from here. You're not going to find the original "creator" because there probably isn't one that can lay claim to the rights for it.
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:34AM
...and seriously, thank you, for being one of the honest people...the world could use more of you! Haapy New Years!
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