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by Mark Picard on Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:41 pm
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A client of mine is starting up a stained glass business and will be using some of my images as reference for the pieces he will produce (we worked out the details). However, he also wants to use some stained glass patterns that are in a book of patterns that he purchased, and asked me if I thought he could use those patterns in the book commercially for his work. The book he has obviously gives the public access to those patterns, but do you think he has the legal right to use them commercially like that. I told him I think he would be better off contacting the author of the book and asking permission to use them in that capacity. What's your take? Maybe Carolyn could chime in? Thanks for your help.
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by Dave Weber on Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:13 pm
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Photography blogs are not where I get my legal advice from. Maybe you should hire a lawyer and get a proper legal opinion?
 

by Carolyn E. Wright on Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:56 pm
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Public access does not give a license to use copyrighted works, even for editorial (non-commercial uses). You need permission from the copyright owner unless it's a fair use, which is often a difficult question. The book author may be providing a license through the book. It shouldn't hurt to ask the author.
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by Mark Picard on Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:13 am
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Dave Weber wrote:
Photography blogs are not where I get my legal advice from.  Maybe you should hire a lawyer and get a proper legal opinion?



Chill man, chill.....
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by Mark Picard on Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:14 am
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Carolyn E. Wright wrote:
Public access does not give a license to use copyrighted works, even for editorial (non-commercial uses).  You need permission from the copyright owner unless it's a fair use, which is often a difficult question.  The book author may be providing a license through the book.  It shouldn't hurt to ask the author.



Thanks Carolyn - that's what I figured. I'll let him know..
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