Fort Wayne, IN asked in Copyright for Indiana

Q: Am I aloud to use other artists drawings as a reference for tattoos? As long as I make some changes to it?

The drawings are posted publicly online, and on flash forums for people to use. Example: images from pinterest, instagram, google..

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Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD

A: Just because you can copy a drawing and turn it into a tattoo, does not mean you "may" do so. Even if you made some changes, that would only create a derivative work based on the original logo and without the permission of the copyright owner of the drawing, you would be infringing. As for images that appear on websites like Instagram, Pinterest, etc., you should consider consulting such sites' Terms of Use to see if they have placed any restraints on those who view the images. You might consider consulting a local IP attorney to check out what you as a viewer may or may not do with the images posted.

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