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Art History 103: Survey of Western Art I

A guide to basic information resources on Survey of Western Art I, Art and Art History 103.

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What is Fair Use?

Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder. (See Title 17, section 107)

What determines Fair Use?

The following four factors are used to determine if a use is fair:

  1. The purpose of the use (eg. commercial vs. educational)*
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount of the material used
  4. The effect of use on the potential market for or value of the work

* Not all uses in an academic context are automatically considered fair use!

Fair Use of Images

To help support a fair use case for an image:

  • Use lower resolution or thumbnail versions where possible;
  • Place the image in a new context or use it for a new purpose; and
  • Use only the parts of the image needed for the purpose

In addition to fair use, consider Using images that are openly available for reuse

Public Domain

A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone.

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How to Find Images Free for Scholarly Use

Each of these museums has given permission for certain uses of their art for educational and/or non-commercial purposes. For each of these it is important to read the terms and conditions to make sure your use qualifies.