I am designing a book cover and have been supplied an image from the author.
The image is an exact reproduction of a painting photographed in a pub by the author (not sure if the pub was in Aust or Vietnam).
This is the response I received when I queried copyright for the image.
"According to a landmark 1999 federal district court ruling, The Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd., Plaintiff v. Corel Corporation, “exact reproductions of public domain artworks are not protected by copyright.”
Is this valid for Australian copyright law?
Thankyou and appreciate your assistance.