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    Original works and you.

    I was was having a talk with some friends. We were having an argument over how much you can copy before it becomes plagiarism. I was saying you can copy another artists pic or photo for refrence in position , color scheme , or other things, but you cannot copy the pic in its whole. others say you can, as long as you make some changes to it.
    Anyways, i would like to get your opinion on this matter.


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    Well, in the case of that picture it's supposed to be a portrait of her. It's not meant to be an original character, and it's obviously not a paintover, so I see no problem with it.



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    I expect that the law should provide clear definition of what is considered art plagiarism and what is not, but a quick google yielded nothing. Anybody got a source link on this matter?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism

    i think that is focused on the writing aspect of it.

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    Just as long as you change it enough, and it looks like you did. Also you can flip the picture, that is another good way to avoid getting sued.
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    I think it's a bad idea generally to use any refs that you yourself didn't shoot for multiple reasons, though this isn't really the main one. Sometimes you have no choice of course (for example: I don't have a pet lion to shoot photos of), but generally I think it's a bad habit. You don't understand your refs the same way if you weren't actually there and thinking about shooting it.

    but to the actual point... If you must use someone else's work, I say do it sparingly and try to be imaginative. It's not out of line to borrow a castle or something, but you shouldn't just be making a duplicate image.

    Now borrowing compositions? As far as you can go and still respect yourself
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    now , would you consider that piece the artist did, plagiarism?

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    I would'nt. I'd call it plagiarism? if the artist claimed the PHOTO as thier own. But as far as I can tell, he / she was just drawing from ref.
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    Dave, good point. It is always the best way to go, take your own Reference. I usually look online at pic. or life for inspiration, if I'm not feeling my own creative juices flowing.
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    Be carefull of the myth about changing an image x % so you won't get sued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor
    I would'nt. I'd call it plagiarism? if the artist claimed the PHOTO as thier own. But as far as I can tell, he / she was just drawing from ref.
    Carefull, Loren
    While you might generally be safe from difficulties, it is still a copyright violation as the photographer owns the right to their image.

    Anyone comparing the above photo to the painting might reasonably conclude that the person copied the photo exactly. Whoever owns the copyright to the pic could ask for damages or the removal of the work. Depends in part on whether you're trying to make money off of it.
    In Canada you are allowed to copy things for personal study. Not sure of laws in other countries.

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    Nobody really cares as long as your not making money or winning awards off of it.
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