Following on from some other discussions about making money from selling oil paintings and the like, I had a pretty simple question on legality.
Say I was to pick a famous movie scene, quote or character from a novel etc... as in inspiration for a painting with the view to selling that painting would I get into trouble over copyright infringement?
As some examples and only for argument's sake
How about if I did a painting of the starship enterprise and tried to sell it?
What if I re-imagined the enterprise but it was still of the ilk - i.e. had a disc for the main part etc... etc...
How about if I did a portrait of a famous actor from a movie scene and it could be placed to that scene?
Or what if I were to do a scene from lord of the rings or took another book as inspiration?
I'm guessing that straight up doing a painting of batman would be a no no... but there appear to be some grey in my mind? Where do you draw the line on orcs and elves etc... etc...
I know that in photography the creator of the work has copyright - so in the case of photographing someone, provided you were on public land when doing so - the person who you took a photo of might get annoyed but YOU own the copyright to said photo.
What happens if you re-interpret or re-imagine something that is recognisable? Like painting a jedi warrior or some such.