Originally Posted by GardenGirl05
I know this is a slightly different subject, but I am wondering if anyone knows what the law is regarding photographs of objects to use in layouts. Personally, I prefer to have photo-realistic elements. For example, instead of creating "fake" buttons in PS, I want to use real photos of buttons. I also love to take photos of silk or other flowers. I want real photos of ribbon, string, yarn, and beads. These seem like pretty general craft items that would be difficult to claim a "copyright" on, but what about appliques or charms that are a specific design? I would like to sell kits with realistic items in them, but I have no idea what the law would be about this. It seems like fair use law doesn't totally apply here. Does anyone know? TIA
I would imagine if you owned said Item and took the photo yourself .... your photo is copyrighted to you and you can do whatever you wish with it. Just my opinion though .... you can always send an email to the copyright office and find out. They are pretty good like that, a friend once wrote off to find out about fonts and if they are copyrightable .... scalable fonts are copyrighted as she found out but we obviously use them under the fair use law.
I also know that some of the realistic items in kits and designer tools are scanned in and not photographed.