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Copyright Laws – Reproducing

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by blackwebs, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. blackwebs

    blackwebs New Member

    Hi all,

    Hoping someone can answer my question, I've been searching for quite a while...

    I'm looking to launch a website that sells car prints either as just print or framed. I'd like to know if I'm allowed to be using images I find on Google that appear to be generally available (example attached). I guess the problem I have is I don't know who the owner is to ask permission (if needed), or whether Lamborghini (in the case) just put it out in the public domain with no copyright markings for any kind of use with.

    There is another website (which is currently down I've just noticed!) that was using images like this, I've reached out to them as a customer but didn't get a response.

    Any advice is appreciated!


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  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Someone has taken that photograph and they or the person they took it for will own copyright, you need permission or face the possible consequences...
  3. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    General advice is to not use anything you find on Google without express permission from the owner. If you don't know what the permissions, can't find out who the owner is or can't find any restrictions; don't use it.

    If you're trying to do this as a business, you'd be better off finding a photographer that specialises in this field and asking if you can come up with some kind of deal for reproducing their prints. That way it'd be legitimate.
  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Generally speaking, stock image sites such as iStock or dreamstime have a pretty good collection of luxury/sports cars you can buy, and you know you're not going to get bummed for pinching an image. lol.
  5. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Another option is somebody who specialises in photorealistic 3D modelling and rendering. I'm no expert but I would imagine this could prove to be a cheaper option too. You could also do 'mash ups' of different cars, or potentially allow people to request changes to the scenes (lighting, background, location, etc, all for an additional fee to account for the long render time of course :D ).
  6. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    The problem with the stock photography sites is that they don't generally let you reproduce the image to make money based solely on the image itself.
  7. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Or you pay a hefty fee for the licence to allow you to do so.
  8. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Standard license with dreamstime allows upto 50,000 commercial reproductions of the image in any format. Above that and you need to purchase an extended license.

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