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Personal use.

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:05 pm
by Oldtimer
Hi, I am new to this site and apologise if this question has been covered elsewhere.
I am designing a book of my favourite famous paintings from history, with images taken from the internet.
I would like to have it digitally printed.
There would only be one copy printed for my personal use. It will not be distributed or sold. It is just a personal project.
Am I allowed to proceed.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Re: Personal use.

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:19 am
by AndyJ
Hi oldtimer,

Despite the fact that this is a personal project you would be involving a third party (the printer) in your process, and so you do need to pay attention to how you source your images as this involves copying them.

While the famous paintings themselves will mostly be out of copyright due to their age - anything by an artist who died over 70 years ago will be in ths category - you will be using digital copies which have been created much more recently. Under UK law these digital copies would not ordinarily be entitled to copyright in their own right because the maker will not have added any of their own creativity just by scanning or photographing the original work so as to reproduce it faithfully. However, you will no doubt find that many art galleries and museums etc will claim copyright in their digital online versions, nonetheless. And in some individual cases in Europe they have successfully upheld these claims in court. So you will need to carefully check each image to see what is being claimed with regard to copyright. Provided that there is no copyright notice or the image is released under a Creative Commons licence, you should be fine to go ahead.

A great source for finding such works would be the Creative Commons own website, as well as Wikimedia.

Re: Personal use.

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:58 pm
by Oldtimer
Thank you very much, very helpful. It seems all innocent enough, but need to be careful. Thanks again.