For documentation purposes I made several screenshots of the photos of my quilt including selling rates and the publishing date, by using the Ctrl Alt PrtScr key combinations and saving the pictures as JPG on my hard disk.
According to the publishing date, the photos of the quilts were made before the opening of the exhibition of the Open European Championships, at the exhibition place.
Yes, I did sign a Dutch application form for this exhibition in which I agreed that the photo I was asked to supply for, could be used for publication (catalogue) and promotion.
And no, I did not sign anything in which I agreed that a photo of my quilt, made by some one else during the time that this quilt was at the exhibition place, could be used for profit without my knowledge.
I do know now after being professionally informed, that this was probably copyright infringement by:
- the organisation of the event who did not ask permission for publishing new pictures of my art in full size.
- the photographer who is responsible for asking permission from me, the artist, before putting the photos on-line for publishing or for sale.
I really feel honoured if pictures are taken of my quilts during exhibitions and are shown to others for joy, even through the internet.
But shame on you when you publish these pictures, or give the opportunity to do so, to make money out of it without a legal permission!
Living in the Netherlands I am not familiar with international laws regarding infringement of copyright and making profit without consenting the maker of any intellectual or artistic property and I am very curious what the laws are in other countries regarding this subject.
I have many questions regarding this subject, like: which law protects my intellectual property, if I submit an original designed quilt to an exhibition in another country than the one I am living in?