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thegrindre

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on: August 21, 2016, 10:31:26 PM
Hi all,
Got a techy question I'd like the pros to answer.  :help:
I was watching a movie the other day and the camera panned a landscape scene. It was so beautiful and perfect that I wanted to paint it so, I took a screen grab to keep it for a reference 'photo'. I have no desire to change it in any way, it's perfect as is.
The question is, after painting it, can I sell it?

Thanks,
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Reply #1 on: August 21, 2016, 10:51:04 PM
Rick

I plan on focusing on this topic in the next newsletter.  In the meantime, I'll put the URL to the Forum area where Dennis discusses this in length.

http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?board=79.20

My immediate reaction to your question is NO, if you plan to copy it as is.  If you had taken the exact same scene at the exact same time and had thei photo to prove it, then you'd probably be fine.  But, will it be worth always worrying if the actual photographer sees your painting of his scene and decides to sue you?

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Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 05:37:20 AM
Agree with Mea.  Also see the class on painting from photograph, Nolan explains clearly how to do this... and you may find idea on how to modify your painting.  Otherwise label it as a learning exercise and keep it in your private collection.

My approach is that if I even asked myself thecquestion whether it could be a breach of copyright... then the answer is "most likely yes".  The reason is that many 'gray zone' cases are just waiting for a Court case. 

It is not worth your reputation.
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #3 on: August 22, 2016, 07:36:12 PM
Well, then, I guess that answers that.

Thanks...  :)
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Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 08:50:45 AM
Rick

I plan on focusing on this topic in the next newsletter.  In the meantime, I'll put the URL to the Forum area where Dennis discusses this in length.

http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?board=79.20

My immediate reaction to your question is NO, if you plan to copy it as is.  If you had taken the exact same scene at the exact same time and had thei photo to prove it, then you'd probably be fine.  But, will it be worth always worrying if the actual photographer sees your painting of his scene and decides to sue you?

aloha

mea


Mea, I am glad to hear that you will be focusing on copyright for the next newsletter. (Your newsletters are awesome  :yippee:). I, too, would like to stay legal and respectful of other's rights. I am not the best photographer so I do enjoy using photos I find elsewhere. Thanks for the Link to copyright on the forum. I will be making that my evening reading material.  ;)
Kathy S.


 

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