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can i use some of photos for my pet portraits

Becky MistrettaBecky Mistretta Member Posts: 1
i am starting a pet portrait business as a hobby would like to use catster photos if legal would make portraits and notecards watercolor /ink / colored pencil

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I'm not an attorney, but I would imagine you'd have to have written permission from the owners of the cats/photos to use them. You would not be able to just copy the photos from their sites and use them for profit without their permission. When you start your business, you'd have to advertise it on Catster to sell your talents to Catster members and in that case, I'd contact HQ before doing so to make sure you don't break any of THEIR rules. Good luck with your new business!
  • Amanda SundbergAmanda Sundberg TulsaMember Posts: 257
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    Izzie has it exactly right! If someone approached me about using my cat I would be okay with it, but if I found her picture randomly I'd be hacked!
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    There's a thread on "Copyright on Catster" in the Laws and Legislation Forum that will give you most of the information you need. In any event, contacting Catster HQ is a must.
  • Sandi MahanaSandi Mahana Member Posts: 4,011
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    I think you'd have to get permission from the owners first. You should ask them if they'd allow you to draw them a picture.
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