So, I created this painting. I was planning on making copies of it and selling it to thousands of people. I was going to make small refrigerator magnets with it so the joy could spread. Every time you’d head to the fridge to make yourself a chicken salad sandwich you’d see this little painting, have a childhood flashback, and a smile would come to your face.
I had an electronic copy made and sent it off to a magnet making web-site. They sent it back saying that it was most likely copyright infringement. After some research and a chat with my lawyer, I’m told that the image below is probably copyright infringement, and something that a lawyer could, at least, tie up in legal knots for long enough that it would be expensive.
I’d call it an homage, a parody, a deconstruction… any number of things, but hey that’s just me… I’m not a lawyer.
But, it’s a really neat painting, right?
So, I’m giving it away. It’s yours to do with as you please. I’m certainly not telling you to print it off for yourself, or make a refrigerator magnet for yourself. I’m certainly not telling you to contact me so I can send you a higher resolution version of the painting so you can make a canvas print suitable for any child’s bedroom…. I’m certainly not telling you to do that. (email@example.com) You can do all of these things, but I’m not saying you should and you certainly shouldn’t pay me for it.
God bless copyright laws.