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So I've heard different answers to this question. If you buy a commissioned piece, or an original can you resell it? Or give it away?
What if you purchase a print and sell that off? Should you be required to ask the original artists permission? I personally don't think so. It's like when you buy a computer from bestbuy, I don't ask bestbuy if it's ok for me to give the computer away or to sell it to someone else. I'd really like to get more insight into this though so all responses are appreciated!
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thaily
Nov. 20th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
You're right.

You can give away or sell that which you own, which in the case of most commissions is the original artwork, unless the terms of the commissions explicitly stated other terms.

The only thing you have to keep in mind is that most commissions in the fandom do not include the rights to edit or reproduce the artwork, so you can't make prints or print it on shirts or mugs etc. and sell those unless the terms of the commission explicitly mentioned you also bought the rights to do so. But those rights are expensive and never included in 10-100 dollar/euro/etc. commissions so it's not something people in the fandom generally need to concern themselves with.

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