Copyrights and wrongs

The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), has created a powerpoint presentation that dispels many a myth and sheds light on what copyright protects and for how long, what is fair use, what is an infringement and what is not.

Some of the popular copyright myths it highlights include:

  • If an image is on the internet/Google it is in the public domain.
  • If there is no copyright notice on the image, I don’t need permission.
  • If I don’t profit from the use, I don’t need permission.
  • If I remove the image after notice, I don’t owe any money to the copyright.
  • If I alter the image X% I don’t need permission.
  • If I only use a part of the image I don’t need permission.

The presentation highlights that since March 1989: copyright notice is no longer required for published works — recommended but not necessary. The proper notice: © year, name

‘The presentation is prepared by Nancy E. Wolff, counsel to PACA and the leading authority in the area of image licensing and the law.’ Download the presentation from The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) web site.

The notes in the presentation are very useful, so try not to view the presentation in slide show mode.

http://www.pacaoffice.org/copyrightPresentation.shtml

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