Asking permission for artwork?

When do you need to ask permission to use or modify someone's artwork? I found a really cool image that I simply want to insert a song lyric over the top of, for a forum signature, but do you need to ask permission?

I will NOT be selling or claiming the image as my own obviously. Just using it as a backdrop for a sig.


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Most Helpful Girl

  • You should always ask permission.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • Yes, you have to ask for permission. Always.

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What Girls Said 1

  • Always. You always ask for permission.

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What Guys Said 4

  • Yes if the photo is either copy right protected or water marked it is against the law to use or alter it without written permission from the owner

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  • Are you going to ask the songwriter for his permission?

    The answer is no, to both, just make sure you credit them both and spell the names right.

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  • You can use anyones work for any purpose as long as you are not trying to claim ownership of it or make a profit.

    Copyright laws are slightly different in every state/province so you should look up the copyright laws in your area.

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  • I think if it´s for personal or educative purposes, it´s not necessary. Only if it´s for lucrative purposes.

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