Quiz time, kids. Take a look at the following digital painting of mine, titled "A Pear for Magritte."
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.