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Author Topic: Casting and molid making  (Read 578 times)

tevans

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Casting and molid making
« on: 07-16-17 at 04:26 pm »

I bought a common Buddha statue (which is itself a copy of an ancient original) and took a silicon mold of it. I plan to alter the resulting castings somewhat significantly.  Adding surface texture and some alterations to the form, adding details not present and altering the figure somewhat. 

Do I have the right to sell the resulting statues?
thanks
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Re: Casting and molid making
« Reply #1 on: 07-23-17 at 12:19 am »

a Buddha statue can be an original work of art, even if thousands of them are pretty similar in shape and pose. Creating a copy of that sculpture is going to be an infringement on the creators copyright protections unless that statue is a copy of something already in the public domain (an replica/slavish copy of an old statue).
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Re: Casting and molid making
« Reply #2 on: 07-23-17 at 11:57 am »

Thanks,
I'm sure this is one of these classic reproductions, there are many people / companies with the exact same statue.
What I am wondering is how your find out if the maker of this statue has any copyright on it. Its quite a cheap knock off from China but I dont know how to find out if they do have rights or not
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Re: Casting and molid making
« Reply #3 on: 07-23-17 at 08:39 pm »

Under US law, creative works are automatically protected by copyright, even if the copyright is not registered.

There are some additional protections for registered works, but even if the work is not registered, you cannot legally reproduce it.

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Re: Casting and molid making
« Reply #4 on: 07-24-17 at 10:21 pm »

If the statues are identical to these, then chances are you are free to do what you want. A work in the public domain means that it belongs to the public and nobody can monopolize its use.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Buddha
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