I have recently hired a company to build my brands logo. I have chosen a historical soldier as my logo. It is a solid colour with minor detail. For inspiration I viewed accurate historic painting of the specific soldier in uniform and used his pose/stance and uniform of the original painting to build my logo to make it look as realistic as possible while still creating a different image of solid colour.
The problem is the original painter is still alive and working, I’m not directly using his painting or work but am worried about being sued later on due to similarities. I am based in the UK.
Can anyone can hold rights of a historical character/soldier and there uniform?
What’s the difference between copyright with a painting and company logo? How different does the images have to be to not infringe on the original painting?
What rules intwine between UK and US copyright legislation?