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Publishing images of paintings

Can you publish a photo of a painting?

Where the artwork is copyrighted, photographers should contact the copyright owner for permission to use the image and give credit to the owner when publishing the photograph. In some cases, photographers may be required to purchase a license in order to use the photograph.

Are images of paintings copyrighted?

Like anything else that can be copyrighted, artwork is protected by copyright when the art is affixed in a tangible form (such as a painting, sculpture, or drawing). You have to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office if you want to be able to take infringers to court and be awarded damages.

Do you need permission to publish photos?

If you take photos of people, places or things and publish them, you need permission. Understanding when to use a photo release form will save you the headache of copyright infringement issues.

Can I take a picture of art and sell it?

It is legal to copy anything. It is illegal to sell, publicize and publish a copy of an artwork unless you have prior permission from the copyright owner. It is also illegal to publish and sell an artwork that’s substantially similar to another original work of art.

Can I legally copy a painting?

Copying pre-existing works is legal, so long as the original work is in the public domain (meaning that the copyright on that work has expired).

Who owns the image rights to a painting?

Copyright & Ownership



Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to you, the creator of an original image or artwork. Copyright includes the right for you to print, copy, distribute and adapt your work. So when you create an image or an artwork then copyright automatically exists in that work and it belongs to you.

Can you use images of old paintings?

About the protection of artworks



This means that ancient works (sculptures, paintings) such as Da Vinci’s, Géricault’s or Rembrandt’s works are no longer protected by copyright – they are said to be part of the public domain. Accordingly, you are free to reproduce them.

Can you use a photo of an artwork?

The short answer is also No.



You should not just take a photograph of your works and use that for art reproduction. The odds you will be able to do this up to a sufficient level of quality – one that reflects that work you put in to your original works, is very low.

Are images of Van Gogh paintings copyrighted?

Are Van Gogh paintings copyrighted? Van Gogh’s paintings are not copyrighted now because the artist has been dead for a long time. This means that Van Gogh’s paintings are now a part of the public domain. While that is true, any reproductions or photographs of his paintings will still come under the copyright laws.

How much do you have to change a painting to avoid copyright?

Accordingly, you cannot claim copyright to another’s work, no matter how much you change it, unless you have the owner’s consent.

Can you post someone else’s art?

You’ll want written permission from an artist or creator to use their work for exactly what you’re using it for and you’ll want to make sure there’s clarity about length of time you can use the piece and artist accreditation. You can buy or find free graphics from places like Creative Market.