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First off the images, text, and articles included on this site are for private, non-profit use only. Other usage is strictly prohibited. These images are made available for educational purposes; please do not endanger their availability by improper use.
My Studios includes both public domain and copyrighted works of art. The copyrighted works are presented under the Fair Use Provision of the Copyright Act. Holders of image copyrights are highly encouraged to provide me contact information, so that I may properly refer the many requests for licensing, evaluations, original artwork availability, etc. that I receive. My goal is to assure that the site helps copyright owners to realize financial benefit from the availability of their images in The Artchive.
Art copyright falls into two categories under the Berne Convention, copyrighted works and public domain works:
If the artist is alive or has been dead less than fifty years all rights to reproductions of his or her work reside with the artist or estate. A couple of good starting points for obtaining rights are:
Artists Rights Societyor
FAIR USEAs stated above, the copyrighted works displayed in My Studios are presented under the Fair Use Provision of the Copyright Act. This Provision states (I have included parenthetical remarks to illustrate how My Studios complies with the different factors):
"§107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair Use
PUBLIC DOMAINIf the artist has been dead more than seventy years, his or her work is in the public domain. Reproduction rights are then concerned with rights held by those who have produced photographs of the works (in other words, if you took a snapshot of a public domain work yourself, you could do anything you want with it). Normally, museums have commissioned photographs of their works and thus hold the rights to these photographs to be used in reproduction. So, a first step here would be to contact the museum where the work is held.
The best source for licensing rights to public domain works is Art Resource.