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Art and Art History: Copyright

Follow these links to investigate art and art history resources at the City College of San Francisco Library. Come in to the Library for personal instruction from a reference librarian.

Copyright-Free Images

Even if you can use images for free, most images require that you credit the copyright holder or the website where you got the image from. Here are some sites to get you started:

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What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S.Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. 

from US Copyright Office "Copyright Basics"

See also U.S. Copyright Act, U.S. Code, Title 17

Copyright Basics

Fair Use

Check out this 10 minute video that covers copyright basics and Fair Use - made entirely with Disney clips!

Public Domain

Cover of comic, superhero with video camera and creative commons shield 

Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW?
A great and funny interpretation of public domain laws for artists and filmmakers - written as a comic book! Produced by Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain, you can read the digital version for free and learn more than you wanted to know about copyright and the public domain.

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