Re: Copyright on Hokusai

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Posted by Anders on June 08, 2002 at 23:44:14:

In Reply to: Re: Copyright on Hokusai posted by Dave Bull on June 08, 2002 at 00:23:43:

: : I have been asked by a Norwegian artist whether it would be ok for him to copy f.ex Hokusais Great Wave into one of his paintings, or if that could possibly infringe somebodys copyrights?

: Copyright in any work created here in Japan persists until December 31st of the 50th year after the creator's death. As Hokusai passed away in 1849, I think you are now pretty much in the clear!

: Dave Bull

If you use an image or a photo of a print. the copyright of the photo belongs to the photographer even though the copy right of the artwork might have expired. 50 year rule is applicable in most jurisdctions.

If your artist friend “recreate”/redesign the image, he probably would not infringe on any copyrights.

Best regards

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