If someone posts an image to a forum and another person downloads it and manipulates it then is it a breech of copyright laws? Just wondering because I am not sure about this kind of thing.
Nobody here is manipulating an image for their own use or to use it in any commercial sense. This area of the LL Forum, as I see it, is a kind of workshop space where we come together to discuss our work and, as a community, suggest options for alternative treatments or approaches to the subject. If you post a picture here, it is in the expectation that it will be analysed, criticised constructively, and perhaps re-edited by others to illustrate a point. All this is fine, and fair treatment in a critique context. I certainly would not be offended if somebody made an alternative crop or other edit of one my pictures - I might even learn something