Does buying an original work mean you are acquiring the copyright in it?
The purchase of an original painting or photograph does not grant the buyer the copyright to that work, despite the high cost and physical possession of the artwork. The ownership of the artwork entitles the buyer to display or transfer it, but any attempt to claim authorship or reproduce and distribute copies would infringe upon the original artist's copyright. It is important to note that any modification to the artwork would also infringe upon the artist's right to protect the integrity of their work unless the artist obtains the owner's permission. However, if the owner decides to destroy the artwork, it does not infringe upon the artist's copyright since the owner has the right to dispose of their property. The artwork holds both the artist's copyright and the owner's property rights, so any modifications require the owner's permission to avoid infringing on their property rights.