I've read this thing inside and out and I have a few questions. [read it all first and it'll make sense]
1. I found some band photos on the net.They're from fansites, with no copyright details. It's impossible to know who these photos were taken by, and as a result, impossible for me to contact the photographer to ask for permission to use them. There are a few images that are copyrighted with watermarks, that i would obviously not use/ask for permission to use.
2. I'm adding some of my own text to the images.
3. I want to make badges from these images and I want to sell them on eBay.
I want to know whether this is allowed or not. I have my own images as well, but i was just wondering whether i could be sued or not [i'm in australia, and i know australian and US law differs, and these images are US in origin, but i know copyright is pretty much universal].
I'm not out to rip off artists. I'm a designer myself and I know i'd be irritated if someone used something that was clearly stated as copyrighted, ask permisson, etc.
I'm just asking as I wasn't sure, most people were talking about making collages and stuff [ie stuff that was still in the original intended format].
I just wanted to know what the likely