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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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greenreaper
Nov. 20th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
The material piece is yours do to with as you wish, under the "first-sale" doctrine. The original creator has nothing to do with it, although if it is an original of significant quality it might be polite to inform them.

The original author does retain the copyright (unless you purchased or licensed it as well) so you or the person you sell the piece to cannot use it to make other copies of the work and sell them.

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