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Re: oil paintings reproduction
« Reply #5 on: Mar 21st, 2006, 12:30pm »
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Picasso's life spans a number of significant changes to the duration of copyright protection.  Life plus 70 years would be a grossly inaccurate estimate for the duration of copyright for Picasso.   A large portion of his work is in the public domain in the US.
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Re: oil paintings reproduction
« Reply #6 on: Dec 28th, 2006, 3:21pm »
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Was there any final answer to this?
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Re: oil paintings reproduction
« Reply #7 on: Jan 2nd, 2007, 8:45am »
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Actually, Picasso's life spanned but a single change to the length of copyright protection (at least in the U.S.).  He died in 1973.  Thus, the only change in that regard was the 1909 Copyright Act.
Under U.S. law, nothing created before 1922 is protected by copyright.
Beyond that, it's impossible to provide a general answer.
Under the 1909 Act, works were protected only if they were registered for copyright prior to or concurrently with their first publication.  Copyright protection existed for 28 years and could be renewed for another 28 years.  During the decade-plus leading up to the enacting of the 1976 Copyright Act, Congress gave several single-year extensions to works that otherwise would have fallen into the public domain during that time.
For Picasso's works created between 1/1/1923 and his death, one would have to research them on a case-by-case basis to determine if copyright protection applies.
With respect to the question about slight alterations, one of the exclusive rights of copyright is the right to create derivative works.  Obviously, the line between infringing derivative and non-infringing work will be blurry.
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