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Copyright Resources

A primer on copyright and fair use.

Copyright & the Visual Arts

Copyright protects original “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works,” which include two- and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Under certain circumstances, these works should be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. For more information on Copyright Law, visual arts, and the registration requirement, please see the Copyright Office Circular #40, "Copyright Registration for Pictorial, Graphic and Sculptural Works."

Harvard Law School also maintains an excellent web site dedicated to copyright and moral rights with respect to artist's rights.

Fair use is critical to visual artists. Please see this report by the College Art Association about the importance of fair use and misconceptions about permissions and copyright.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Sections of this guide are adapted from UF Libraries.

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