Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
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What you are describing is called a 'derivative work'. The new painting is based upon the drawing and design of a previous artist. That image is copyrighted to the initial artist. Hence, the artist owns that image and images based on the initial design. The new artist must either obtain permission from the initial artist, or pay him a royalty for basing his work on the initial design to legally sell or transfer this new painting to someone else.
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Thank you. That is very clear.
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