modification of photos
im curious, im a t shirt maker and i want to use photos taken off the internet and modify them. i want to know the legality of this. can i use photos that are or might be copyrighted if i modify them, to print on my t shirts. these would be general photos of public figures and places, modified for enterainment purposes, then sold on t shirts. generally political in nature. thanks in advance for your response.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: modification of photos
It's illegal. Your modified photographs are derivative works. Under the Copyright Law, to make a derivative work is one of the exclusive rights of the person who holds the copyright, presumably the photographer.