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January 30, 2008

Weds. morning musings…can thinking too hard hurt you?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:04 am

Good morning readers…

One of the topics that we are covering in our art major orientation class is the subject of copyright and the difference between appropriation and copyright violation.

This got me to thinking about taking published books with artwork on the covers, removing the covers and sewing in blank sheets of paper then selling them. I’ve been seeing alot of these types of books for sale on Etsy lately. It’s not a copyright violation to resell a book that you bought.  By using the original covers you’re not really copying someone’s work.

Would this be a form of appropriation? Fair use perhaps? Def. repurposing but can repurposing violate copyright when it relates to artistic/creative work not bicycle spokes or old soda cans?

If I bought a painting and resold it it wouldn’t be a copyright violation but if I made a copies of that painting and used it as book covers and sold the books it would be. What if I used the actual painting as a book cover and sold it? I’ve repurposed the painting haven’t I? As working artists we need to know here that “line” so we don’t cross it.

I’m not sure this is one of those easily answered questions but I’m curious to know what you all think?

Sorry for making you use your brain so early in the morning. :) Mine is def. starting to hurt…need to get more coffee.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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