Public Domain and artwork

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Posted by Eric Fandrich on February 09, 1999 at 07:30:28:

I have a dilemna. The works of the master painters of the 19th century have clearly passed into the public domain (life + 50). If I wish to make a copy of these works, unless I have access to an original, how can I make a copy without infringing on the Copyrights of a printing company or book, etc.?

How does the Metropolitan Museum, etc. keep a Copyright notice on their works and restrict copying?

If I copy a reproduction, and make modifications to it, am I copying the public domain image or an copyrighted instance of it?

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