Copyright and License Terms
Regarding Copyright and License Terms, in case of doubt, it is better to ask, than to pay later. Using copyrighted images of photographers or painters is called copyright infringement which can get very expensive.
Rule of Thumb
No matter whether you bought an original painting or an art print or a digital file, the copyright stays with the artist! You do not have permission to reproduce the painting in any way or post it online without written permission and attribution. To do this you need to buy a license.
When you buy a downloadable digital file from me, it is for your personal use only. You can print a poster for your home or a handful of greeting cards to write to your friends.
The small size download is suitable for online use, for example, as an illustration on your website or social media profile. In this case, permission for online use is included in the purchase. It has to include an attribution such as “© Jutta Bluehberger” or “© www.JuttaBluehberger.at”.
The medium size download is for printing greeting cards. If you plan to print more than 10 cards, please consider buying a license.
The large size download is suitable for printing an 8 x 12″ poster for your home or as a gift to a friend. Here too, I would consider a maximum of 10 copies or prints as “Fair Use”.
Dos and Don’ts
To clarify what is allowed and what not, I have compiled a few Dos and Don’ts. In case of doubt, ask!
- Don’t make a photo of my painting on your wall (or a photo that you found on my website) to make a ton of greeting cards. I consider a maximum of 10 copies as “Fair Use”.
- Don’t use a photo of my painting or the downloads to produce anything you sell, such as mugs or T-Shirts.
- Don’t repaint my painting and try to sell it as your own. Even showing it off online is not ok, unless you attribute the inspiration to my painting and ask for permission.
- Don’t just use one of the images on my website to adorn your Facebook page or Social Media profile without attribution (i.e. mentioning the name and website of the artist). This is not “Fait Use”!
- You can paint something similar to my painting or photo after you have asked for permission.
- You can paint and photograph images from artists who have died more than 70 years ago. Their images are “Public Domain” and therefore copyright-free.
- You can (soon on this website) buy digital files of my paintings and print them for your personal use and a handful of friends. I would consider 5-10 copies appropriate as long as you don’t charge anybody. This is called “Fair Use”.
- If you need more than 5-10 copies and/or want to charge for the product, you need to pay for a license.
- If you want to use my painting as an illustration for your church bulletin or other church-related one-time publication that is free of charge, I give you permission to use the medium digital file for more than 10 copies. Make sure to include the attribution such as “© Jutta Bluehberger” or “© www.JuttaBluehberger.at”! Please send me a copy of the product which features my painting (ideally by email).
- Do contact me if you want to discuss licensing terms!
(To be continued)