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I have found many suppliers in China and the UK that produce repros of Picasso, Dali and others whose works are not yet in the public domain. I've also seen many listings on eBay for similar pieces.
Can anyone really clarify if it's legal or not?
As an alternative can you slightly alter the reproduction so it is not an exact replica?
And what if you alter the paing
And my gut instinct is that, if you're "tweaking" the images "to make them my own", this will work in the favor of the original copyright owner: your tweaking could be viewed as evidence that you knew your works were derivative and infringing.
Yes, people do sell reproductions. But are they licensed producers of such? Or are they second-hand sellers of legally-produced licensed goods? And "sales" is different from "production and sales". I could sell you the print off my wall without violating anybody's copyright. But making and selling copies of that print would, I think, be quite a different matter.
Naturally, you'll want to consult with a copyright attorney for iron-clad specifics.
We met a lady who was immensly talented at art, who specialised in producing oils of rockstars. Fabulous though they were, they were exact facsimilies of photographs, and what she was doing was a breach of copyright. Changing the delivery format doesn't stop it being a breach.
Sadly, although she was able to paint a perfect copy in oils of someone elses photo, she couldn't put on canvas something she saw in her head, if that makes sense.
Back on topic, if the reproductions are copies of copyrighted paintings, or for that matter, copies of photographs, it's a no-no.
Sounds pretty much like I thought: If you thinkg it's wrong, it's wrong.
So all these ebay listings using the term "aft" in their listings, and all these websites selling Dali, Picasso repros on canvas are breaking the law.
I'm surprises ebay doesn't pull the listing. They seem to be pretty dilligent about respecting copyrights.