Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Find Lesson Plans on! GettyGames

Re: How can I show famous artworks -copyright question


Date: Sun Nov 09 2003 - 10:10:00 PST

In all honesty, you are not supposed to copy any thing from any source
without permission. I too have had trouble at Kinkos trying to copy images from
books. At one point I went so far as to go the publisher and get faxed permisson
to copy an image. The book was about 50 years old (yet kinkos would not do
even one copy of the image for a report) and when I explained the situation to
a person at the publisher, he laughed and faxed me permission to use the

Many websites will say this image may not be reproduced on any server or
viewed off this website or copied by any other electronic means. If I see this, I
will not use the image. However, I believe that although it is technically
breaking copywrite law to copy images and make them into slide shows, you are
not making a profit from it, you are using the work for educational purposes.
I do this because how else can I bring this quality and diversity of work to
my students?

Someone on the list mentioned that schools had gotten into trouble for
showing videos in class. If I order a video from an educational catalog, I am
assuming that company expects me to show the video to students, it is not for my
private use.

Copying books, magazine or news paper articles are all infringements of the
copywrite law. One should buy the appropriate # of books, magazines or
newspapers to accomodate the students. (I purchase a classroom set of scholastic
subscriptions each year, about 20-22. It is expensive but worth it when each
student has his/her own color copy of the text. Also much more effective than
when I need to use xeroxed copies.

Again, are you going to get arrested....probably not, but the copywrite law
is pretty tight. We play fast and loose with it because we are educators and
feel we are not profiting but educating.

An interesting debate.