Las Vegas, NV asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Nevada

Q: If we want to use a photograph we have a copy of for a wall mural, do we need to license usage?

I work at a non-profit museum and we have a physical copy of a photograph from 1967 originally done by United Press International in 1967. The copy we have is actually from UPI and has their stamp on the back. CORBIS bought the pre-1991 UPI images that were physically housed in UPI's archives in New York City. In 2016, CORBIS was, in turn, sold to Visual China Group (VCG), which arranged to have Getty Images be the exclusive distributor of CORBIS images outside of China. If we wanted to create a large mural from our copy of the image, am I correct in thinking we would need to license usage from Getty?

1 Lawyer Answer
Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX

A: You are correct. To recreate the image, you need a license from the copyright owner.

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