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Michelle Green

Senior Member
Hi all,
In the following sentence, is the red part understandable to you?
This image may be downloaded, reproduced or duplicated for free. But you may not modify, distort, or create any other derivative works from it.
Thank you in advance.
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    AE (US English)

    I have seen these words before, but I have never understood their meaning. I also do not know what things they apply to (an image, an essay, a video, etc.). I do not know if you have the right to forbid "creating a derivative work".

    I am sure it depends on the laws of the country or state. I would ask a lawyer to review this "legal notice".


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    If you put an image into Photoshop* and add a flying superhero in front of the sunset, you have created a derivative work. It is derived from the original image, but is not the same as the original image. You are not allowed to do that.
    *Or any other image editor. That is simply an example that many people are familiar with, though most of them don't know how to use it.
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