Thank you for the advice to date, I have to go out now.
I intend to pass your information to my son this evening. I will return tomorrow at this time to ask further questions.
Is this permissible?
Sorry AJ I got a bit confused with getting back to you. I am actually 84 and though reasonably computer-literate, I am engaged in writing my 12th novel, see Amazon and Kindle - Isobel Kelly - sometimes...well you know, the brain cells don't connect.
Anyway, I could certainly manage to put a non-fiction book together and include all the writings of the artist plus the copies of some of the paintings he produced. Can I take it that if it were published like that under my name then it is counted as my original work and there is no come-back from anyone else? I presume that reproductions of pictures owned by people who have bought them via auctions or retail shops have to wait until the 'rights' become void?
Thank you for your reply, it has been helpful. I will still have to talk to son, Patrick ,but you have confirmed that having written evidence of Rights is essential. Will report back when I can.
Regards ***** *****
Sorry for the delay, I was waiting on my son coming back to me to confirm he had spoken to the man who was bugging us for definite 'proof' of having full rights. He thought he could bully us into doing what he wanted, ie use what we have to enhance his own plans. My son has now found enough evidence in a search through the shop papers to convince this man or anyone that we have sufficient proof in official and private correspondence that indicates our purchase of the images and book constitute a contract. The artist is dead. The nephew who sold us his last effects is dead. The nephew's wife is ninety and was no part of any agreement or contract, therefore I would say there is no one to bring any charges. Your suggestion that I can use the artist's work in writing a biography under my own name is ***** ***** It will please the publisher I have been in touch with. Thank you Alex for your kind help in pointing us hopefully to a final ending of concern. I shall feel more comfortable once we are satisfied that the 'bully' knows he is powerless and leaves us alone.
It might be an idea to write a court room novel - in which case I'll come to you for ideas. Meanwhile my best wishes - from Over the Pond as you know by now I'm from the UK.
Sincerely ***** *****