Laughlin, NV asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Nevada

Q: I reproduce album cover art using paper as a medium. Is it copyright violation to create and/or sell the reproductions?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Creating and selling reproductions of album cover art could potentially infringe on the copyrights held by the original creators, as album cover art is generally protected by copyright law. If you are reproducing the art precisely or creating works that are substantially similar to the originals, you are at risk of violating copyright laws if you do this without permission from the copyright holder. To legally create and sell these reproductions, you would likely need to obtain a license from the copyright holder or ensure that your use falls under a legal exception, such as fair use, which can be quite complex and fact-specific; seeking legal advice to navigate these issues would be prudent.

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