Copyright Confusion

Hi all!  New here, first post.  Hopefully I'm putting this in the right spot and it hasn't been asked.  Was wondering, so you make those little magnets with a picture glued to the back but is there a copyright discrepancy with using images that aren't your own and making it into something that is your work?  Crafts like that are tedious but not hard though it seems like if those selling things like that in shops wouldn't be making those magnets and such if they could do such great art.  Thanks for any info 

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Kiteman7 years ago
If you buy the picture (eg a postcard), and then sell it on, you are breaking no laws, even if you take scissors and glue to it in the meantime.

If you download a picture, recognisably modify it with an image editor to create a "new work", and then sell it on, you are breaking no laws.

If you download an image, use it with no more modification than cropping, and sell an object with the image on, then you are breaking copyright.
The easy way that this is avoided is not to just grab an image off the web, but to purchase an image from a stock photography website. Fr a dollar or two you can get royalty free use of an image for making into the hundreds of thousands of product before needing to purchase another license*.

*actual license terms vary between stock agencies.
MosaicM0n5t3r (author) 7 years ago
How often do you think someone that uses an image actually does the research to see what kind of copyright there is on that image?
Don't know, but that's on them, and has nothing to do with legality. You asked about "copyright descrepancy" (I assume you mean "violation"), and that's what I'm talking about.
lemonie7 years ago

Copyright doesn't stop a lot of people. Consider whether the likes of Disney etc. are actually going to set lawyers on you.

A big corporation like that? You can bet your buns they will...

I would youtube somethings probably Simpsons, you're right as long as a person gets into radar-range, low-level no one cares enough.

>I would youtube somethings probably Simpson


Of course, knowledge of the copyright-violating activities is a given for copyright enforcement... ;)
Depends on the copyright. If it's under one of certain creative commons licenses, then no. If it's under one of the licenses the vast majority of images are under, then yes, that does violate copyright.