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[teacherartexchange] Copyright and Fair Use

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lesamm_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Feb 12 2009 - 13:01:45 PST


Just to add to the conversation. I was always very careful about image
use, but never careful enough not to ask. In putting together my
sketchbook web site I went about it typically as a web site
developer/artist might, jump into it and let it build and improve, always
changing.

I uploaded it with copyright protection basics and kept it hidden away,
however, it recieved good feedback. So, I uploaded it before getting all
approvals, which is what one should NOT do.

Now, back-tracking, I have been contacting and receiving approvals. And, I
have to say the only difficulty I have had so far is not getting approval
from one artist's rights org in the States for free! Everyone else has
been a pleasure and helpful.

I receive no financial gain for my web site, and the cost for rights,
while not great, is something I cannot afford on my own. Its a shame not
to have the images, but I found a way by just linking to the site instead,
if available.

My experience has been positive. And, I have to say, in regards to
receiving rights for education projects my advice would be: ASK!

I did research on copyright protection, and also checked rights notices
with every library, gallery, museum etc.

I hope this helps,
Lesa.

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