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Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:09 pm
by Lminto
I want to put my painted image of Tolkien, a copy of his signature and a quote on ceramics to sell. Would this infringe any copy write?

Re: Artwork

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:23 am
by AndyJ
Hi Lminto,

The signature and quote shouldn't pose any problems because they fall within the section 30(1ZA) exception for the purpose of quotation. I think you can rely on the second part of subsection 1ZA(d) not to provide a credit because it would be impractical in the circumstances.

However I would be concerned about the source of your painted image of Tolkien. Did you copy it from a photograph or similar source? If so, you would need to get permission from the photographer to use your adapted version, unless your painting is utterly different. By different I mean a different angle of view, a different facial expression or features being highlighted, and not just, say, a colour rendering of a black and white photograph.

I hope this answers your question.

Re: Artwork

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:37 am
by Lminto
That information is very useful to me, and answers my query perfectly. Thank you so much.