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Hi
I am new to this forum and have a couple of copyright questions, if you can please help.

1. Am I allowed to reproduce any image of a music festival that no longer exists? It will be a homage to the festival with a list of the artists that performed there. I would also like to do the same with a building that used to be a music venue is that possible.

2. I am looking to purchase an image from a photo stock company of a sportsperson/musician that has passed away, again can I reproduce this image with their name for reselling.
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Hi tina,

What is the image of the music festival? Is it a poster or a photograph? In either case copyright will still exist even though the festival no longer exists, and you should seek permission to use it. If it is a poster then the event organisers will almost certainly be the copyright owners, while copyright in a photograph may belong to the photographer who took it, or if it was commissioned by the organisers, they may now own the copyright. Either way I would suggest a good starting point would be to try and track down the organisers of the music festival, although this may take some detective work. If, after a really thorough search you come up with nothing, you could apply for an orphan works licence from the Intellectual Property Office. This would protect you from any claim of infringement should the copyright owner turn up later. As for the building, do you have your own photograph of it, or are you asking about using a photograph you have found on the internet? If it's the former then as it's your copyright you can do what you like, but if it's a photograph you've found, the same applies as for the first part of the question: you need to track down the copyright owner and get permission.

As for your second question, when you apply to purchase [a licence to use] the image from the stock agency, you need to establish the terms of their licence to see if you can re-sell the altered image. It will certainly be possible, but you need to get the right licence.
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Hi Andy
Many thanks that's really helpful. Could you also advise if I just wanted to print a list of artists' names onto a t-shirt/screen print, would I have to obtain individual permission directly from each artist to do this? It will purely be their name or band name no images of them.
I have also heard elsewhere that I won't need to if they have passed away? is that right?
Thanks again it's really appreciated.
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Hi Tania,

Sorry for getting you name wrong last time!

No you don't need permission to put the artists' names on a tee shirt. There is no copyright in a name either of an individual or a band, and you would not be in danger of anyone mistaking the reference to an artist as being an endorsement by them of another product such as the tee shirt itself.
In some states in the USA there are so-called publicity rights laws which do limit the extent to which a person's name or likeness etc can be used where this might be construed as advertising, but they don't apply in the UK.
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