Legal documents are being prepared and dispositions taken in one of the largest tattoo copyright infringement cases in the history of Disney Entertainment.
As soon as an artist creates a work of art, it is protected by copyright laws and statutes. The tattoo of the Jewish Snow White with Megan Fox is clearly is a violation of copyright law and leaves the option open for Disney to remove the art work from her back or have the work “wrecked” by court order.
Although copyright laws vary from country to country, the “lifespan” of a copyright is 70-75 years after the death of the artist. After a copyright expires, the work is no longer under copyright and can be reproduced without additional permission or monetary consideration. Disney died 45 years ago in 1966.
Any artwork created by a living artist or an artist deceased fewer than 70 years may be subject to copyright. As such, the artist or their representative must be contacted for copyright clearance and they are entitled to royalties.