Asked in Photography
Is it unethical for an artist to make a painting from a photo taken by someone else?
You don't need permission to use a copyrighted work in two circumstances: (1) if you are only copying facts or ideas from the work; or (2) if your use is "fair use" (educational, research, news reporting, criticism, or public interest). Fair use is always subject to interpretation. Reference: http://www.photosecrets.com/tips.law.html