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Copyright on liveries?

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Just wondering if there is copyright on any repaint/livery downloadable as freeware when there is no documentation especially contact details of the author?

Or should I assume do not use in anyway?
 

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You should consult your attorney about whether it is a good idea to seek legal advice on an internet forum. It's like, I want to tell you what I'd do, but I can't even do that. I can tell you that, in my country at least, the crime is in the sharing, unless it's child porn.
 
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Thanks. I guess I was just wondering if people could claim copyright on a repaint as I have yet to find any repaint which has a readme which mentioned copyright and indeed any contact details for the author which makes it impossible to find out. There must be a limit on exactly what can be covered by copyright eg can I claim copying on a simple model of say a nail?

I have found greyed out so much that I missed it earlier - Any reupload or redistribution of this file without the author's prior written consent is forbidden.
Trouble is I cannot find any link to enable me to contact the owner which is annoying.
 
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No mention of copyright in the text file is required for an enforceable copyright to exist, AFAIK.
 
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This has been a long-time issue in the AI community, both with models and repaints. Essentially, it means not representing it as your own if you did not do the work and not profiting off of it if it is not your work. Obviously, one may not sell someone else's work; but commonly also not uploads, or minor changes/"corrections" then uploads, without permission. The reason for the restrictions on uploads is because some communities gained a bad reputation for their practices. Re-use or changes solely for use on one's own sim -- without distribution -- is considered fine.

So, all-in-all, anyone who respects other's work won't run into a problem.

My guess would be that, unless there is a specific statement that the livery is public domain, freely-usable, etc., then a claim of copyright probably could be made (as with any other artistic work). Whether a case could be brought to court is another matter -- unless there is clear profit being made by large-scale re-sales. For the average simmer, it is more a matter of gaining a reputation as a thief.
 
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I now assume that NOT including contact details (so that someone can request permission) is the same as "hands off" (ie copyright) even if the 'user' uses the material in their own 'freeware' (ie not for sale).
 

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I've put less effort into making my own livery, than I have expended following a thread about using a livery.
 
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I guess practice makes perfect and doing for the first time (like it would be for me) might not be the case.
 
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