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Re: [teacherartexchange] Kessler's Dogs - Artsonia policy - Copyright

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Carokarn_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Apr 09 2007 - 19:09:54 PDT


In a message dated 4/9/2007 6:51:37 PM Eastern Standard Time,
judy.decker@gmail.com writes:
>> Teachers may not submit artwork that depicts or contains
copyrighted materials and/or trademarks including (but not limited to)
company or product logos, copyrighted cartoon characters or other
material that could infringe on the intellectual property rights of
third parties. (Copied from Terms of Use on Artsonia site)

I understand and do not disagree with the arguments here, but I am curious as
to what it is exactly that Kessler owns copyrights to. If the teacher had
not said that the lesson was based on his work, would there have been an issue?
Does anyone who paints an animal with an apple, a globe, a CD, a typewriter,
a hat or whatever on its head infringe on his copyrights? Or is it just dogs
and cats and apples and Texas flags?
I am not in favor of a lesson that simply copies someone's work or ideas and
I cannot guess what the lesson objective was so I am not addressing that
issue. I just sometimes fail to see the boundaries of copyrights especially since
I am old enough to have seen many of the sources from which the copyrighted
material itself was derived from.

Carol Karn
Clio, SC

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