copyright rule - would like to use pictures from another website
Hi! I have a flash intro which uses pictures of paintings made by artists (who are deceased) (the paintings are displayed in a museum). Am I violating copyright law? I copied the pictures off websites about the lives of these artists. It didn't say "freeware" or anything like that.
I am wondering if it is ok to use them because first of all, their paintings are now public property (they are in publicly funded museums). If I have to request persmission, who do I request it from?