Originally Posted by R_Fredrick_Smith
I'm wondering about the legality of hot linking to a photo in a post that is clearly the copyrighted work of someone else, but has a different person's copyright on it and is displayed as an original work. Case in point is a thread on this forum. The thread is here:
The photo in question if the second photo of the first post which is a direct copy of a centerfold of a Playboy Playmate of the month. The only difference is that the person who's placed their copyright notice on it has erased the Playboy logo and has painted out part of the background. Later on in the same thread above someone posted a link to the centerfold (and you can see that the photo of the model is almost identical in both).
So is the original post in violation of copyright for hotlinking to the photo and is the person who has placed their copyright notice on the altered photo also in violation of Playboy's copyright?
No, this is a digital reproduction of a photograph of the centerfold.
The image itself was redone in a 3-D program (ex: Maya, Lightwave, Studio Max).
The artist took a 2-D image and recreated a 3-D model of the centerfold,,, shaded
and rendered it to the final image you now see.
The artist did this to show his skill at taking 2-D imagery and converting it
to a 3-D image.
There's a later post by DynaMike that will show the original centerfold.
No, there is no copyright infringement for demonstrating your art skills.