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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on November 20, 2000 at 05:11:18:

In Reply to: Photo quilts posted by Diana Ballard-Gage on November 19, 2000 at 14:25:18:

: Sir: I am in the middle of doing research for a Business Law paper. Not only am I asking this question for the paper but also for personal benefit. What I need to know is this: To be able to reproduce photos, ie: ones from a calander, to use on a photo quilt, must a person contact the photographer and obtain his/her permission to use those photos? The quilt would be for personal use only or a gift, not in any way used for the purpose of obtaining financial gain. I would appreciate a response and am very grateful for any and all help/advise you may be able to give.

: Diana

Dear Diana,

There is the law and then the enforcement of the law. I would feel queasy about advising anyone to violate the law.

It is my belief that what you suggest is probably an infringement under the copyright law. There are questions of liabililty based on the status of what is copied.

Was there a proper copyright notice on it and was the copyright registered.

The even if you were found and sued there might be a question of "fair use". The courts are often hard on infringers. In court a judge might be sympathic and award only very small statutory damages.

Permission would of course be a clear route. I like to see everything in writing.

M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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