Re: Renaissance Paintings, Bridgeman vs Corel, and Fair Use
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 12, 2001 at 05:00:47:
In Reply to: Renaissance Paintings, Bridgeman vs Corel, and Fair Use posted by Aaron Ring on March 11, 2001 at 10:42:45:
: I am redesigning my website, which is fairly popular. I want to use a renaissance painting as a large part of my new logo. I sell site related merchandise and would also want to sell shirts with the new logo on them.
: I have read that, according to Bridgeman vs Corel, photographs of public domain works of art, such as renaissance paintings, are not copyrightable and that unauthorized use of such cannot be in violation of copyright.
: My options for obtaining the art, currently, would be to scan the image from a book of fine art or copy it from the web. Obviously I want to make sure that I would not be violating any laws if I did so.
: Similarily, if I am allowed to do so, am I restricted from using my new logo, which would contain a significant portion of the renaissance painting as part of it, on merchandise?
: Thank you for your assistance.
Dear Mr. Ring,
A little information can be dangerous. I have not read the case you cite but what it says seem correct. What it doesn't say is that reproductions of works of art are protectable under the copyright law.
If I represented a registrant I would go after you if you did for what you proposed to do and I found you.
M. Arthur Auslander
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