Copyright issues using photographs
- Greetings Art Educators,
Here is the short answer:
Yes - it is a violation of copyright to use a magazine photograph as a
resource (If you are copying the photograph in any way). You are
making a derived work of art. To make a derived work, you need to get
permission of the copyright holder.
The long answer is in the archives. I have answered this many times (smile).
Here is a longer answer for you:
Find several images of the animal you want to use. Make sketches in
your sketchbook using the different sources. Photographs in books are
meant for research, so have a number of books, too. You will be
making a composite drawing from a variety of sources - not copying any
of them. Many artists have used print sources for research. I often
used Henri Rousseau with my students. He drew his animals from
published sources. Credit your sources in your sketchbook.
I do have links on my site to animal photos where you do have
permission to use them for research. Research and copying are two very
different things. Many sites give permission right on their web sites,
others I have written to personally to get permission. Dover
Publications has many books with copyright free images for you to use.
I guess I do need to get a page on line on Copyright (smiles). Then I
don't need to write this stuff up each time.
Your "queen" of copyright and trademark law