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Arts Law : Article : Photo Reproduction of Artworks. Emu © Mandy Davis This is a black-and-white print of Indigenous artist Mandy Davis' work Emu.

Arts Law : Article : Photo Reproduction of Artworks

The colour photograph would be difficult to distinguish from the original artwork from a distance – the colours were carefully calibrated, and there are no shadows or tell-tale flash glare. Another example of a colour photograph faithfully capturing an artwork is Richard Glover's image of Andrew Leslie's 2008 work at, a sculpture of painted aluminium rods reflecting coloured light onto the supporting wall.1 In each case, the photographer has captured the work with perfect fidelity. Obviously these photos can only be taken with the permission of the owner of the copyright in the underlying work (usually the artist) as both are a substantial reproduction. Assuming however that such permission has been obtained, what are the photographer's rights? In Australia this issue has yet to be considered. Delwyn Everard is senior solicitor at Arts Law. Framed by an idiot, passed by muttonheads. "Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet" - Mark Twain In July of 1876, less than a month after the novel's initial release in England, copies of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer had begun to circulate the U.S. in large numbers.

Framed by an idiot, passed by muttonheads

One would expect Twain to have celebrated such a development, however the book wasn't due its U.S. release for another four months, these 'pirated' editions having been produced in Canada by publishers Belford Brothers, entirely legally according to the Canadian Copyright Act of 1875. For the remainder of his career, Twain fought to see copyright laws changed and the letter below is a prime example of his subsequent frustrations, written in 1880 to friend, fellow author and, briefly, politician Rollin Dagget following an unsuccessful appeal to James Blaine. Transcript follows. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States — CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US.

The 1709 Blog: March 2010. Tuesday’s ECJ judgment in the three Google France cases isn’t just important for trade mark law.

The 1709 Blog: March 2010

It’s news for copyright too as it addresses the hosting defence of the E-Commerce Directive. The hosting defence limits liability for copyright as well as trade mark infringement. It has therefore been taken as a defence for a wide range of websites for copyright liability, particularly UGC sites, such as YouTube, Facebook etc. Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs. Wikimedia Commons explicitly permits the hosting of photographs that carefully reproduce a two-dimensional public domain work; such photographs are in the public domain in the United States, where this site is based (if you are a Commons contributor, see Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag for more information on this policy).

Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs

However, there may be local laws that prevent or restrict the reuse of such images in your country, some of which are listed below. While we hope this information will be helpful, any use of such content is at your own risk, and you should consider securing legal advice in your jurisdiction before using content. The U.S. case of Bridgeman v. Corel (1999)[edit] File:Mona Lisa.jpg. Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images Social Media Examiner. You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist.

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images Social Media Examiner

OK, that’s kind of a lawyer joke. But it illustrates how protective people are about finding their images used online without permission. Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. Article I, Section 8, clause 8, of the United States Constitution states the purpose of copyright laws is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Free Music Archive. The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.

Free Music Archive

Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet. It was launched in 2009. Every MP3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. These uses vary and are determined by the rights-holders themselves (please see our FAQ) who feel that allowing a degree of free cultural access is beneficial not only to their own pursuits, but to our society as a whole. Copyright Week. Skip to main content Day 1: You Bought it, You Own It Day 2: Fair Use Rights Day 3: Transparency Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic and transparent process.

Copyright Week

For Faithful Digital Reproductions of Public Domain Works Use CC0. Jane Park, January 23rd, 2015 We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy.

For Faithful Digital Reproductions of Public Domain Works Use CC0

IMCL2007_MayrWessel. 14_isi-98-dv-schweibenz-saarbruecken. Cultural Heritage and Open Data: a possible key? : Digital meets Culture : An Error Occurred Setting Your User Cookie. Leonardo Description:Leonardo was founded in 1968 with the goal of becoming an international channel of communication for artists who use science and developing technologies in their work.

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Today, Leonardo is the leading international journal for readers interested in the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts and music. The benefits of a Leonardo subscription are manifold. A subscription to Leonardo includes Leonardo Music Journal, ISSN 0961-1215 (including compact disc), featuring the latest in music, multimedia art, sound science and technology.

Museums can get copyright right - Scholarly Communications @ Duke. One type of question that I get over and over again from faculty and graduate students involves copyright and images of art works held in museums.

Museums can get copyright right - Scholarly Communications @ Duke

In fact, question is probably the wrong name for these discussions; mostly I try to be sympathetic as the researcher bemoans the thicket of claims and permission costs in which they have become entangled as they undertake some project. I recently met with one faculty member who is creating an amazing “digital humanities” project and needs to obtain, from a significant number of different museums, high-res images of works that are clearly in the public domain. Even this author, who is both remarkably good-humored and very persistent, was confused and bemused by the Pandora’s box she had opened. Mona lisa. Center for the Future of Museums: Opportunities and Challenges with Reproductions. As I travel the country talking to museumers, one of the most frequently asked questions is "in the future, will people still value ‘real’ things?

" People wonder, naturally enough, whether constant exposure to virtual worlds, digital depictions and ever more accurate replicas will erode the respect accorded to the collections we work so hard to amass and maintain. Open Content Program (The Getty) The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. For additional information please see the related press releases, as well as overviews of each phase of the program on The Getty Iris.

Why Open Content? The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art for free and without restriction, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. What's in Open Content? Access to Open Content Images All of the images can be found on Getty Search Gateway, and the J. Open content images are identified with a "Download" link. Wipo_pub_1001. Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter. This project page in other languages: Shortcut: COM:CB This page brings together a variety of subjects and aims to answer the question "Do copyright laws allow the upload of pictures of […]?

". Must You Pay to Use Photos of Public Domain Artworks? No, Says a Legal Expert  I recently completed a book that includes photos of Medieval and Renaissance artworks. Although the paintings are out of copyright and in the public domain, I was dismayed to discover that the museums that own these paintings charge hefty licensing fees to use their photos of these works.

Then, lo and behold, I stumbled upon an article about a court decision that so-called "slavish" photos of public domain paintings, which are faithful reproductions of the originals, cannot be copyrighted and are therefore in the public domain as well. According to a landmark 1999 federal district court ruling, The Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd., Plaintiff v. Corel Corporation, "exact reproductions of public domain artworks are not protected by copyright. " The situation is confusing, especially for the growing numbers of self-published authors many of whom charge low prices for their e-books and soft cover books. Metropolitan Museum Of Art Claims Copyright Over Massive Trove Of Public Domain Works. All too often we seem to see people making copyright claims over public domain works. Open Content Program (The Getty) <i><b>Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images</i></b>.

New Web Program Allows Free Image Download for Non-Commercial Use. Metropolitan Museum Launches Expanded, Redesigned Website, Providing Unprecedented Access to Collections, Programs, Research, and Visitor Information. New Features Include Gallery Overviews, Interactive Floor Plan, and Suggested Itineraries for Planning Museum Visits (New York, September 26, 2011)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has relaunched its website,, it was announced today by Thomas P.

Museums are being mobbed - Rijksstudio: Make Your Own Masterpiece! Museum 2.0: Museum Photo Policies Should Be as Open as Possible. I'm working on a section of my book about sharing social objects and am writing about the most common way that visitors share their object experiences in museums: through photographs. Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Analysis, Restoration ... - Google Books. The Public Domain vs. the Museum: The Limits of Copyright and Reproductions of Two-dimensional Works of Art. 1. Case studies 1.1 National Portrait Gallery (UK) v. Wikimedia Commons.