Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Three ladies and question about copyrights for bloggers

Nothing like an attractive subject for good motivation eh?? I got a bit addicted to drawing faces in Illustrator once I’d learnt how. It was actually useful for understanding how to draw differently by hand too though. The bottom image is from a photograph by Paolo Roversi, a favourite fashion photographer of mine who really needs more books available on Amazon. Sort it ooot Amazon/Paolo/whoever is in responsible. I did do a few portraits using loads of layers of colours but, to be honest, the simple 2/3 colour versions just look much better and combine with type much more easily too. I have loads more of these but will get cut down by the copyright partypoopers if I post them.

Does anyone know what the situation is with copyrighting for bloggers if they’re not being paid for the blog? Info online often seems inconsistent. If I own a book, for instance, can I scan pages and upload them? I wanted to do some editorial design one day and asked the Guardian if I could use their online articles. T’was a no, even though Casillero del Diablo let me post my label re-designs if I said it was my own work. Confused.


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    Mehdi Haghshenas

  2. Rule of thumb is the source has to be unrecognizable. Copyright has to do with reproduction, not with payment for work.

  3. Ah I see. Well I’ll keep some of my posts quiet then…;)

  4. There are so many loopholes to putting other's work on your blog as well. For example, as long as you change the art IN SOME WAY, they can't yell at you. You can go in, and change the tip of a lock of hair and it is no longer their art. You could also go in and put some sort of type on top of a piece of the art, no matter how small the type, its no longer theirs. No matter how small the extent of the change, its no longer theirs. Therefore, you can use it whenever you'd like.

    Also, you said you wanted to scan some things in. If you're scanning them in, you'll end up seeing parts of the page, which is not the original piece of artwork that was printed on the page, and therefore, you can put it on line. The grain of the page wasn't part of the art. Nor was the off-white color of the page.

    I had to learn this stuff so many times with my Graphic Design work, its actually pathetic. Haha.

  5. Yeah I don’t think my tutor at uni was interested in even touching on copyright law because it’s so endless. Thanks for the other comment; I probably do over-analyze sometimes. All part of designers’ perfectionist attitude though. Anyway, I think I’ll have to scan a few things from the books I’ve read recently then – some cool stuff about the Masons and their weird personal logos, and an utterly awesome piece of Renaissance armour.


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