[quote=“matthewgillikin, post:7, topic:593”]
If I found the perfect line drawing of a cow in an artists book but did the rest of the design myself, would I need to get permission to use the cow? Even if it’s a detail of the larger art.[/quote]
I am a diving photographer, some of my photos have been printed, i dont make much money out of what is really a hobby but enough so that if my images were used without payment i would notice the difference. If you were to publish a book about coral, cut out the fish from my photo and use the coral in the background you would certainly be facing problems in court.
On the other hand if i put up a design on GF Share (or whatever they will call it) and it is $1. You pay $1 for it but then substantially change it then you could get away with resale etc. For instance this is the way some people who are on this board can make buildings for the Warhammer40k game (seriously guys, Learn Advanced Squad Leader it is a far better system). If they tried to SELL those designs though i can imagine they would be in all sorts of trouble!
This is all from me, wife is out so i did not ask her (and if she wrote an answer it would be ~12 pages long anyway )