Recently I posted this question on a Facebook design group. I was curious to see what people would say on this site.
I should preface my question with, I don't want to offend any designers here! So, please if you do this don't take offense. I just want to clarify so when I design kits, that I do things correctly.
I've noticed that some of my favorite designers have full kits of elements that have been extracted/turned into .png files. Things like unusual buttons, vintage jewelry, paper dolls, vintage Christmas ornaments, playing cards, and other unique items that they haven't created. Are we allowed to do this...or is it blurring the line (if not crossing it) when it comes to copyright infringement?
In that same vein, are we allowed to photograph/scan items that you can find around your house, extract, and use them in kits...or is this considered infringement as well?
As a photographer, I'm familiar with photo copyright (long story short, you don't mess with it unless you're able to pay an insane amount if caught)...but am still somewhat unsure about the use of extracted photo elements from vintage/antique books/printed materials. It's another trend that I've seen quite a bit of. I assume we'd need to check to see whether there's a copyright still active?
Whew...so many questions!