Published November 20, 2013
Blogs & websites , copyright , Image searching , Museum news
Tags: archives, copyright, education, image viewing, libraries, museums, open content
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of an expanded Online Digital Image Collection of selections from their holdings. The Harry Ransom Center has a significant digital presence — see what they offer by searching or browsing their finding aids.
If your interested in or have questions about copyright issues, check out their Online Copyright Resources and other related links.
Published May 17, 2013
Tags: copyright, photography
There is something of a Rear Window quality to it all… New York photographer Arne Svenson has his neighbors outraged. His new show, at the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC, features photos of residents in the highrise across the street, but the photos were taken without their knowledge with a birdwatching telephoto lens. Some of the people featured in the photos are threatening to sue, and as there are identifiable features in the photos they have may have a case.
Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.
The National Portrait Gallery in London now provides free downloads of a large range of images from its Collection for academic and non-commercial projects. Over 53,000 low-resolution images are now available free of charge to non-commercial users through a standard Creative Commons license. In addition, over 87,000 high-resolution images are also free for academic use through the Gallery’s own licenses (note: some may incur fees based on particular uses in print). Click here for more information about the Gallery’s Academic License.
To download an image, choose Use this image beneath the image thumbnail. The subsequent screen allows the user to choose one of three licensing agreements dependent on how the image will be used. Each spells out how large the image will be, how it can be used, and any potential cost. Don’t be surprised that images still under copyright cannot be used under one or more licenses.
Large academic publishers Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications sued Georgia State University in 2008 over what they saw as a blatant over-use of “e-reserves” that deprived them of licensing revenue. The final ruling of that case was published Friday, May 11, 2012 and was decided (mostly) in GSU’s favor.
The judge broke down the argument into four “factors”:
1. “The purpose and character of the use”: academic and nonprofit
2. “The nature of the copyrighted work”: “informational” not “creative”
3. “The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the…whole”: the stickiest point, and defined by percentage
4. “The effect of the use upon the potential market”: minimal; copyright in this case was to encourage new academic works
via ars technica, or for those wanted to read the entire 350-page ruling, click here (pdf).
Public and educational access to the National Gallery of Art’s collection just got a whole lot easier – all of its images believed to be in the public domain are now available for educational use, publication, and “personal enrichment”. NGA Images contains more than 20,000 open access images, searchable and browsable through a very clean interface. Users can save images to a “lightbox”, download a teaching size image (1200 pixels) or download a publication-quality image (after signing in and reading the use agreement) free of charge for any use. The open access policy is available to read here.
Published August 2, 2011
Inside Higher Ed has an interesting article today, called “Myths about Fair Use“. It does a great job of breaking down the myths in an easy-to-understand way.
Published June 28, 2010
If you have ever wondered whether an image or text is copyrighted or in the public domain, this chart from Cornell University is a great reference (and it was updated in January, 2010). Copyright is never easy to figure out, but at least this has all the rules and exceptions in one place.
Published November 17, 2009
Blogs & websites , copyright
Over 11,000 visual artists, authors, filmmakers, architects and other artists who are part of the Copyright Alliance have signed a letter sent to the Obama administration asking for stronger copyright policy and support. Read more about the movement at the Copyright Alliance. And you can read the full text of the letter here, which highlights the cultural and monetary contributions of artists.
The National Portrait Gallery in London is accusing a Wikipedia volunteer of downloading over 3000 high-resolution images onto the free online encyclopedia’s Wikimedia Commons. The NPG asserts that this denies revenue for the museum and is threatening legal action. Wikipedia counters that the museum is “betraying its public service mission.”
via BBC News and Wikinews
Published May 4, 2009
The Copyright Clearance Center has loads of information to help with copyright questions, including this 6-minute video that breaks down the basics.
The Copyright Alliance is another organization with a very helpful website, including a section specifically for Educators.