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Re: copyright discussion

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Diane Gregory (dianegregory)
Sat, 31 Aug 1996 14:36:37 -0600

Cynthia McKeon wrote:
> Ellen wrote (after many of us suggested making copies of published art work):
> >You wild and crazy people!!! I meant 'legal' color transparencies. I have
> >made color transparencies of student work, and it works great in
> >presentations for sharing photos. We have a media
> >specialist whose middle name is 'copyright', I guess she has brained washed
> >me after all of these years!
> >Now how about the postcard source?
> >Thanks for all of your ideas -
> >Ellen
> I thought it was alright to make one copy of copyrighted material as long
> as it was being used to teach with? Does anyone out there know the
> legalese regarding this?
> Also, there is a great article in the October issue of MacWorld on page
> 163, "Copyright and the Visual Arts" for those of you wanting to discuss
> what is legal and what is not in creating works of art. (While it is
> written for mostly computer users, there is much relevent information for
> anyone who creates visuals). There are also great visuals to
> compare/contrast the presented arguments, which could lead to interesting
> classroom conversations, especially in the middle and upper grades. (I
> might use it with my 5th grade class this year).
> - Cynthia

Dear Cynthia:

This is an important question. From my understanding, it is permissable under the
fair use copyright law for a teacher to make one copy/transparency, etc. of a
copyrighted work of art if the copy is to be used for educational purposes. The only
restriction I know of is: generally, most say you can only make one copy of ten
different images from one source. To do more, would violate the spirit of the law.
Now what is copyrighted in a book, is not necessarily the work of art, but the
photograph of the work of art. Some works of art exist in the public domain, but
what is copyrighted is the photograph of the work of art not necessarily the work of
art itself. It gets pretty complex. There is a web site that has public domain art
images. If any one is interested I will be glad to send the address.


Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Art Education and Technology Specialist
Department of Art & Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX  78666