I have taken many of my pieces offline because of the antiquated US copyright law that designates a collage or photomontageas a ”derivative work” if it makes use of previously published copyrighted images (such as magazine ad). Simply put, the “derivative work” law gives the owner of an original image—usually a photographer—the right to sue collage artists who use portions of the published work.
At least one photo agency, G***y Images, uses bots to trawl the web, and they aggressively pursue damages against collage artists. The site below links to very helpful information about copyright law; but beware of the site’s assertion that collage and derivative works are “a gray area.” It is true that the law is a blunt instrument, vague enough that it leaves many questions unanswered. Lawyers assert that the issue is black and white, based on actual US case law. I don’t claim to know anything about the laws of other countries.
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Regnault initially represented this Italian model as an African woman, but he later enlarged the canvas at the bottom and right and transformed it into a representation of Salomé. She is shown after having danced for her stepfather, Herod Antipas, governor of Judaea. The platter and knife allude to the reward she claimed for her performance: the severed head of John the Baptist.