Fair Use: Best Practices for Visual Arts
A presentation by Peter Jaszi
When can an artist or art historian use a photo she snapped in a museum for teaching? Can a museum reproduce an image from an exhibition of contemporary art in a related brochure without licensing it? How can fair use simplify the permissions process in publications? Can an archive put images from its collection online—and if so, with what restrictions? The copyright doctrine of fair use, which permits use of unlicensed copyrighted material, has great utility in the visual arts. But for too long, it’s been hard to understand how to interpret this rather abstract part of the law. The newly created Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Visual Arts, produced by the College Art Association, makes it much easier to employ fair use to do visual arts scholarship, art practice, teaching, exhibitions, digital displays, and more.
Join Peter Jaszi, lead principal investigator and professor of law, American University Washington College of Law, as he explains how the Code of Best Practices works, how it was created, and why it’s reliable. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by art, entertainment, and museum attorney Walter G. Lehmann.