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Copyright and fair use are of special concern to artists.
As both creators and users of copyrighted and public domain materials, Marshall University art students should understand and responsibly exercise the rights accorded them under U.S. copyright law.
This provides guidance on how to protect your own copyrights and how to respect the copyrights of others. Note:
Resources listed on this pages are informational only and should not be substituted for legal advice.
For more information regarding copyright, please contact Sabrina Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fair Use Doctrine protects the use of copyrighted works for socially beneficial activities such as teaching, learning, and scholarship. Courts consider four factors in deciding whether a use is Fair Use or an infringement:
- Purpose of the Use (learning, commentary, criticism OR commercial);
- Nature of the Publication (factual OR creative);
- Amount and Substantiality of the Whole (small OR substantial);
- Effect on the Market (has no effect OR replaces a sale).
Section 107 of U.S. Copyright law lists the four factors of Fair Use.
Artistic Appropriation and Reuse
Intellectual Property and the Arts
This is the seventh in a series of articles sponsored by the College Art Association Committee on Intellectual Property (CIP).
Provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."
Best Practices Fair Use for Artist
This Code of Best Practices provides visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials.
The Creative Artist's Legal Guide by
Publication Date: 2012-06-26
This user-friendly guide supplies creative artists with the essential legal concepts needed to swim safely with lawyers, agents, executives, and other experts in intellectual property and business law.
Permissions, a Survival Guide by
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it's a good bet that at least half of those words relate to the picture's copyright status.