Re: [rumori] Visual Art Collage / copyright questions

From: Vicki Bennett (
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 10:38:07 PST


Am pretty sure the same rules apply as with sonic arts. ie if it's
not in the public domain/expired copyright then someone somewhere
owns it and in theory may argue a case against you, and the Fair Use
argument is a possible loophole for collage. But the likelihood of
someone taking up a case is small unless you're making a lot of
money/publicity. You can make what you want so long as you don't try
and put it on the market and it's within the realms of the law. Sort
of like porn, ha ha

If it's a big company that you are using art from then they will make
themselves aware of you even if you're smalltime. For instance I
remember when Psychic TV made a 12" single in 1987 called Superman.
The title would have been ok but they used a little picture of
Superman on the centre of the record. There were only 1000 copies
and within just a few days of pressing a writ came through their
front door from DC Comics saying that they would send Superman,
Batman and Wonderwoman round if the records weren't disposed of.
However they didn't want to witness or do the destruction themselves,
they trusted PTV to do this like the responsible people that they
were :)

Am crap at remembering names, but last year one of the Turner Prize
contenders was in controversy because they had copied a science
fiction picture of someone else and were taken to court over it.
What made it interesting was that the person they had copied wasn't
well known. If anyone can remember the artist's name then that would
be helpful though, wouldn't it...

Also I've no idea if at the other end of the scale any Pop Art was
sued for literally reflecting culture - like Andy Warhol. Oh no, we
are going to discuss Andy Warhol. Let's not discuss Andy Warhol.

The main point is though, that I've found that so often even people
who WANT to find your art for sale often can't find it so it's best
to just get on with it really.


ps 90% of my art has come from National Geographic magazine, apart
from the album with the cake with a poo on it and that came from the
local bakers and a friends dog

>>I am fairly new to collage, and was just wondering were some of you
>>find the materials such as objects, papers, photos, books, etc. you
>>have used in your pieces. Especially if it is a piece you are
>>selling since copyright is such a big issue.
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