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Re: Copyright

Emily-Jane Dawson wrote:

>In regard to your question concerning the use of copyrighted items in
>collage work, it is my (rather informal) understanding of the copyright
>law that a copyrighted item may be used in a work of art AS LONG AS IT
>IS NOT THEREAFTER REPRODUCED.  Therefore, it is perfectly legal, for
>example, to use a copyrighted poem or photograph in your work, as long
>as you make only one copy (of your work).  I believe this falls under
>the part of the law which allows us all to make one copy of anything
>for our own personal use.

But if you sell that collage, even if you use the original from the
magazine or your one copy of the original, you are making money off
someone else's copyrighted work, and this is where it becomes tricky.  I
deal with copyright issues a lot, and have not found a suitable answer
for this question, expecially one all our lawyers can agree on.  This
has troubled me for quite some time and I would be very interested to
see if anyone knows the definitive answer.


Pamela Rups
Computer Multimedia Specialist
Instructional Technology Services
Western Michigan University

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