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
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,
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.