Re: How old does an image have to be?
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Posted by Stephen Anderson on August 27, 2001 at 19:10:18:
In Reply to: How old does an image have to be? posted by Claire on August 26, 2001 at 18:28:40:
: Hi. Just wondering if someone can please tell me if I can use a drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci as a logo for a University Assignment? I will be obtaining the image from a book. Would the situation be different if it was a real project?
While Da Vinci's work is indeed in the public domain and may be freely copied, you need to also ensure that your source copy is not itself subject to copyright.
That is, just because the Mona Lisa in the Louvre is in the copyright, does not mean that all copies (digitized scans or original photographs) of the picture is not copyright. If the copy you use, was reproduced and enhanced in a lithograph (a reproduction) made more recently, you could conceivably be liable.
Inasmuch as your work is for a university research project (and will not be offered for sale) such use might be deemed as a fair, non-infringing, or non-damaging use of the work of the more recent copyright holder. .
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