What if I have permission from the website owner where I found the image or music?
Posted by on 16 December 2010 03:40 PM
Again, it depends. Does the website owner really own the image or music piece? If they are not the original composer, artist, lyricist, singer, etc., then they are not the owner. And even if they are one of these, it doesn't mean they own all copyrights. For example, if I draw a picture of Charlie Brown and put him on my website, I might consider myself the "original artist," but I would be breaking the law to publish it unless I have permission from United Features Syndicate (the copyright owner of the Peanuts comic strip) to use Charlie Brown's likeness. And even if I have this permission, I would need distribution rights in order to give another person permission to use it.