Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Copyright for Florida

Q: Copyrights of public places. Coloring book of public places.

Good day!

I'm working on coloring book for my neighborhood.

If I make a photo of public place and then make a coloring book by sketching the photos then which copyrights I should wary about?

Is it "transformative" art or not?

How I can check the copyrights for the public places?

Is it legal to include public monuments into the coloring book (if it is modern monument) ?

Thank you !

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1 Lawyer Answer
Enrico Schaefer
Enrico Schaefer
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: A building itself is not a copyrighted work. A picture or painting of a building is fixed in tangible form, and becomes copyrightable. There are possible trademark issue if a building is part of a mark (think statute of liberty and liberty mutual). The TM issue does not seem to apply to your book idea. I would encourage you to hire a copyright lawyer to review and provide an opinion if you are uncomfortable with the risk.

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