• Sunday Mailbag: Copyright of Reference?

    5 monthes ago - By Tom Richmond

    Q: When someone is hired to do a caricature of a famous person for a client , do they need permission of the copyright holder of the photo they are using for reference? I imagine a lot of your caricatures came from a photo or screenshot originally.
    A: The specifics of a certain case will always play into it, but in general no... a caricaturist does not need the permission of the copyright holder of a reference photo they work from to do a caricature from it.
    One of the rules that the courts use in determining what is copyright infringement and what is “fair use” of a copyrighted property...
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