Copyright rules

It is okay for an artist to use an image of a painting that has been sold to make greeting cards or calendars with?

If it is your original painting, you always own the copyright. You can create greetings cards, sell prints, use it for promotional purposes, etc. U.S. Copyright law is very specific about this. In contrast, the customer who bought your painting only owns the painting. They cannot use an image of it in any way, shape, or form. If they do, they are in violation of the law.


Thank you Dana. I am happy to know this!

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Thank you for this information.I will check it out!