We produce artwork for hotels world wide (mostly original work). We need to reproduce work by an artist who died less than 70 years ago and is therefore still under copyright. How can we find out who owns the copyright ?
I'm afraid thatunlike in the United States, there is no central record of copyright. It existssimply because the person drew it wrote it, sang it or whatever.
There isabsolutely no other way of finding out other than spending lots of time andeffort making what will usually be fruitless enquiries.
If you start touse the picture and it causes a problem, you need to be able to show that youused all efforts possible to trace the copyright owner, in defence to anyaction they may bring to you for damages.
The amount ofdamages they would get would only be the same as they would be able to chargeyou for using the picture in any event.
I wish I couldgive you a more definite answer time sorry to say, there is not one.
Does that answerthe question. Can I assist any further?
I am happy tofollow up any individual point you make
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