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Quiz time, kids. Take a look at the following digital painting of mine, titled "A Pear for Magritte." 
A Pear for Magritte by bnolin
See anything here that might be a copyright infringement? The image of the pear is based on my own photograph. The crate is based on a stock photo, but I've changed it drastically. Besides, the stock image was royalty free, and, as far as I know, mine to use as I saw fit. Hm. The tabletop wood, same thing. The stones are made up, as is the background. 

So given all that, why do you think Zazzle contacted me recently to say they were pulling the image due to copyright infringement? 

Give up? The title is the problem. I've used the character string "Magritte," which in this context means I'm infringing on the rights of Rene Magritte, who's been dead since 1967. This just blew my mind. I'm using his NAME in the title. Zazzle says that if I remove his name from the title, I can resubmit the image. Isn't that something? But here's what kills me. The ruling body in this case is something called the Artist's Rights Society. On their home page, in their slideshow, is the following image, which shows Warhol taking someone else's work, altering it slightly, and putting his name on it. Gotta love Modern Art. It's a funny world we live in, folks. 

Copyright Craziness by bnolin

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Shroomworks 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could have at least told me that you are going to un-watch me. Not the best behaviour imo.
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We appreciate that you are watching us.  We'll try not to pick our noses or anything. ;)
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:iconbnolin:
Thanks. Your good behavior is noted. =P (Razz) 
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Lance66 Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks :)
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PeterPawn Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you play guitar.  Myself also.  Been playing since I was 13, finger style.
I posted this manip of myself a while back.
The guitar is an Ovation, round back acoustic electric.
Guitar Man by PeterPawn
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About two years ago I sold my blog (digitalimagemagazine.com) about digital art, for about $1000, and bought myself a good guitar finally: a nice acoustic-electric Takamine cutaway. I started around the same time as yourself, about 14. Which means I've been noodling around with fingerstyle and flat-picking for over 40 years! Oops!  It's very relaxing. 
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PeterPawn Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!  That's very cool.  Apparently we have a lot in common.  Too bad we're on opposite coasts.
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:iconbnolin:
Yeah, it is. I was in Portland for a week-long guitar "seminar" (workshop), back in 2003. Fingerstyle, with Mark Hanson, Doug Smith, and others. Doug Smith is my favorite fingerstyle guitarist. He's in Oregon, I believe. 
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Lance66 Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Thank you so much for +fav Heart 
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