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Author Topic: Can two pictures merged together be considered Copyright infringement?  (Read 360 times)


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I a little confused about this if an altered image occurred by merging two images does copyright infringement exist?


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Depends on what was done to them.  The new image would most likely be considered a "derivative work" of one or both original images, but it might be considered "transformative" and so avoid being considered infringement.  The analysis is fact-dependent and, if the original images' copyright holder(s) really cared, it would end up having to be decided by a judge and/or jury.
"The life of a patent solicitor has always been a hard one."  Judge Giles Rich, Application of Ruschig, 379 F.2d 990.

Disclaimer: not only am I not a lawyer, I'm not your lawyer.  Therefore, this does not constitute legal advice.


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