Re: Copyright and Cover Art
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 28, 2001 at 04:11:07:
In Reply to: Copyright and Cover Art posted by Jonathan M. Rudder on February 27, 2001 at 13:53:30:
: Let's say someone publishes a novel and commissions an artist to create some cover art based on a scene from the book. Who gets the copyright for the cover art? Is it considered a "work for hire" and therefore the commissioner gets the copyright? Or if it's the artist, how does the copyright work (a copyrighted work by one person, based on copyrighted subject matter by another)?
: Thanks ahead of time for any assistance. (Happy to take e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Mr. Rudder,
Usually the publisher takes care of detail such as this. It is simple once the law is thoroughly understood. If the commission to the artist is not in writing spelling out the details, it could lead to trouble.
M. Arthur Auslander
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