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#1 tomeyer

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:05 AM

Maybe you guys can help solve a disagreement I am having with my coworkers. The other day I was at a conference with my coworkers and this lady was selling collages with pictures on them taken by other people for 15 dollars. I expressed the opinion that I felt it was stealing other peoples art for profit but the others disagreed with me. Am I wrong about this and if I am please explain why. Thanks.


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Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:37 PM

My gut reaction is that it is stealing. I don't think it would be covered by fair use, and I think if the pictures are copyrighted then she is breaking the law. But, truthfully, I don't know much about fair use. I am sure others here do and can give you a more informed legal opinion,

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:37 PM

Maybe you guys can help solve a disagreement I am having with my coworkers. The other day I was at a conference with my coworkers and this lady was selling collages with pictures on them taken by other people for 15 dollars. I expressed the opinion that I felt it was stealing other peoples art for profit but the others disagreed with me. Am I wrong about this and if I am please explain why. Thanks.


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The way you describe it it doesn't sound like any exception in the copyright laws would permit it (FWIW the underlying photos are copyrighted by definition.)

Take a look here at Jarvis where a Collage was at issue:

Jarvis v. K2 Inc

But note some cases centering around transformative works

Jeff Koons and Similar Case

Another discussion

General Fair Use Question