Monday, April 13, 2015
Fish Out of Water (and Copyright)
Your argument -- that there are a limited number of ways to portray a jumping trout silhouette -- is a reasonable defense to copyright infringement and may possibly qualify under the merger doctrine or as "scenes a faire." However, if you obtained the image from a stock photo site and entered into a license agreement, copyright would take a back seat to the contract. If the stock company notices (and cares), they can hassle you over breach of license and your copyright arguments would have little value. Have you considered public domain or Creative Commons imagery? There's a lot of other fish in the sea.*
* and yes, there are saltwater trout!