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A railroad museum owns an old locomotive that is on public

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A railroad museum owns an old locomotive that is on public display or used in public rides. Can they copyright the appearance of that locomotive such that I would need a license to sell or publish a painting of that locomotive?

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copyright would protect original depictions of the loco, but not the loco's image in general

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so you could take a photo or paint it, and the photo or painting would be your copyright

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so you would not need a license since copyright does not protect the appearance, it only protects physical artwork, photos etc

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Yes, perfect. That's what I thought but good to hear it from an attorney!

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