Reading, PA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Pennsylvania

Q: Is it illegal to buy a reproduced print of artwork from a generic online website? The art was soldout by the artist

The artwork was no longer listed on the original artist’s website. I did a Google search and found a site call Rugsers that had the print for sell. I bought 2 different sizes, but the payment process made me wonder if the site was authorized to sell the prints.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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A: It is possible that the reproduction prints being sold on the website could be infringing on the artist's copyright, especially if the website is not authorized to sell the prints. In general, it is important to make sure that you are purchasing artwork from a reputable source that has the right to sell the artwork, and to be cautious of websites that are selling artwork without the artist's permission. It may be helpful to do some research on the website and to contact the artist or their representative to verify that the prints are legitimate before making a purchase.

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