If the topics of copyright, permissions, and licensing make you uneasy, you’re not alone. Public domain, fair use, open licensing, copyleft, Creative Commons, most favoured nation clause… Is it the author’s lifetime plus 50 years or 70? If something’s on the Internet, is it fair game for reuse? Do lyrics count? What about photographs of artworks?
Understanding permissions clearance and photo research requires first an understanding of copyright as it relates to permissions clearance. This seminar examines the most important aspects of copyright from this perspective: criteria for copyright protection, types of works protected by copyright, examples of rights protected, and rules surrounding public domain and fair dealing.