I need some help with copyright law... I've Googled the snot out of this problem and run into nothing but
About a month ago I tried submitting a design to a credit card "custom designer" that was primarily a photo taken from an Air Force website, with my own "logo" in the corner of the photo. The design got rejected with no specific reason attached (the email just contained their "terms" as agreed when submitting the design). I called up the company and asked about the reason, which the representative didn't have access to, so I described my design. The representative was clearly unfamiliar with copyright law and just told me that I basically couldn't use any photo that someone else took.
Now I've submitted the design again, with a long blurb of informational text below the design (off the printed area). I'm concerned it may be rejected again and I'd like to get some solid information about this subject from someone else. If, as per US Copyright Law, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105, government works are in public domain, doesn't that specifically mean I don't need permission to reproduce the image?
And if I do need permission, where would I get that from? Clearly I can't ask the author directly. I'd really like to get the design approved and maybe to have the people approving/declining these cards become a little more educated.
Here's the "terms" that I need to adhere to:
Should I upload the image I created here? Seeing as though that's the topic of this thread, I'm not sure.For all images you must:
* Own the image or have permission from the owner to use the image on your card
Images must not include:
* Trademarks, advertising, or branding; business cardholders are, however, permitted to use their own business’s logo, name, or tag line
* Telephone numbers, URLs, account numbers, or email addresses
* Imagery that features cartoon characters or public figures such as celebrities, musicians, athletes, or entertainers
* Imagery or messaging that is violent, offensive, or anti-social; contains nudity or obscenity; or is political or religious in nature
* Symbols representing money or other content that might result in confusion at the point of sale, or that might result in card fraud
edit: Oops - I forgot, the site specified that the laws of California apply here, or something like that. I'm also a California resident myself.