Copyright, permissions and fair use in the visual arts communities: an issues report

Copyright Artists Fair use United States of America

The visual arts communities of practice share a common problem in their confusion about and misunderstanding of the nature of copyright law and the availability of fair use. Their work is constrained and censored, most powerfully by themselves, because of that confusion and the resulting fear and anxiety. More and better work can be done through a fuller understanding of copyright, without impairing the ability of artists and art historians to receive credit for, maintain appropriate control over, and monetize their work.

This report is based on interviews with one hundred visual arts professionals and a survey of Us College Art Association members, and report documents current practices and attitudes among visual arts practitioners (including artists, scholars, editors, and curators) regarding copyright and fair use.

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