Image & multimedia copyright

Have questions about using images for research, teaching, or classwork? We've gathered a variety of resources to help you make informed, appropriate choices about image and multimedia use.

Copyright Registration of Visual Arts
U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright & Art Issues
complied by Christine L. Sundt

Copyright in Visual Arts
University of New Hampshire School of Law

Visual Resources Association

Copyright Research Guide
The Getty Research Institute

The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society
Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts
Columbia University School of Law

Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Suggested resources in our collection

VLA Guide to Copyright for the Visual Artists
Jensen, Timothy S.  
New York : Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1987
KF3050 .J4  FA-REF-4

Published by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, this book was written to help artists understand the many copyright issues that pertain to pictorial, graphic and sculptural works. 

Permissions, a Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property
Bielstein, Susan M.
University of Chicago Press, 2006
KF3050 .B54 2006  FA-REF-4

This book covers permissions, intellectual property laws, copyright and reproduction rights and fees, as they relate to visual imagery. 

Licensing Art & Design: a Professional’s Guide to Licensing and Royalty Agreements
Leland, Caryn R.
New York : Allworth Press, 1995
KF3086 .L45 1995  FA-REF-4

Chapter 2 discusses copyright, trademark and patent laws and how to protect your work.

Art, Artifact & Architecture Law
Darraby, Jessica L.
Deerfield, IL : Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1995
KF4288 .D37  FA-REF-4

This resource examines laws governing visual arts including copyright and trademark.

The Visual Artist’s Business and Legal Guide
Compiled and edited by Gregory T. Victoroff
Presentation of the Beverly Hill Bar Association Committee for the Arts
Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice Hall, 1995
KF390 .A7 V57 1995  FA-REF-4

This guide provides artists with information about legal and business issues.  The first section of the book is about legal protection for art and artists, and includes a large section on copyright. 

The Artist's Friendly Legal Guide
Conner, Floyd, Peter Karlen and Jean Perwin
North Light Books, 1991
KF390 .A7 A785 1991  FA-REF-4

This guide provides legal information for artists.

For more information on visual arts copyright, browse the reference section between KF390 and KF4288.