I want to start selling posters of old art that is in PD. The source of the items are from a online database which says and i quote
"The images compiled by us for are for on-line viewing only. These are not to be reproduced in print or for web viewing without the express permission from us.
Now since the art is in Public domain, do i still need to ask the database owner if i can use their copy of the image?The same image copy is also used by other print companies online. And i am unsure if they own any "fair use" or any copyright over the images since they have also just compiled from other online galleries for images in PD. Thank you Mr. Ballard and Ms. Koslyn for your prompt and very helpful replies. I see it clear that a PD is different from a reproduction of a PD by another entity. However, what if the entity releases the image in Wikipedia commons under Public Domain again ? Kindly refer to a sample listing at : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Faed_-_The_Convalescent.jpg Please also refer to the case Bridgeman_Art_Library_v._Corel_Corp- summary at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgeman_Art_Library_v._Corel_Corp. (i know wikipedia is not the best source, but for a quick summary snapshot in this case, hopefully it can be used as a quick reference) Thank you Mr. Ballard, for your input and very enlightening guidance over the issue.