Can you make a painting from a photo?
A painting made from a photograph is known as a derivative work.
But that doesn’t mean you can simply make a painting from any photo you find — you need to check the copyright situation of the photo.
Don’t assume because the likes of Warhol used contemporary photos that it means it’s okay if you do..
Is it illegal to take a picture of a picture?
It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards. Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute.
Can I draw a picture of Mickey Mouse and sell it?
No you cannot paint, offer for sale, sell, or otherwise tinker with a Disney character, at least it is illegal without an express license from the Walt Disney company.
Can you draw a photo and sell it?
Selling it, probably not. It’s legal if it’s a one off, meaning you aren’t making prints. There’s a look at it. By painting the photo it has been transformed and therefore falls under fair use.
Can I paint a picture of someone famous and sell it?
Painting celebrities’ images is not copyright infringement, unless you are copying another painting or photograph of them. However, it can be an infringement of their likeness/personality rights should you sell or publicly display the paintings, at least in many places in the United States.