March 12, 2013


If you work at all with images - and all of us do, right? - you'll need to know about copyright and fair use. If you're not a lawyer and steeped in the details of the law, you'll likely find reviewing the issues every few months to be helpful. Here are a few sites with clear and succinct explanations:

Copyright and Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images from the Social Media Examiner

The Digital Image Rights Computator from the Visual Resources Association

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? a free digital comic book from Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain

Of course, we at Imageworks and at the University Library's Copyright Office are quite happy to help you out as well!

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November 12, 2012

Rijks Studio!

One of the premier art museums of the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, has opened a digital collection of 125,000 of its works to all - ultra high-resolutions images with no limitations! Just sign up to make your own Rijksstudio, search, browse and collect images, then order prints or download to create your own works!

“With the launch of Rijks Studio, we are excited to share the extensive collection with art lovers around the world using the latest digital technology. We created Rijks Studio based on the belief that the collection of the Rijksmuseum belongs to us all. The collection inspires; we want to unleash the artist in everyone.” Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum.

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September 17, 2012

deviantART and artists' rights

"Sharing, Theft, and Creativity: deviantART’s Share Wars and How an Online Arts Community Thinks About Their Work"

The perils of "ownership" of artwork presented on the internet has been a constant concern in recent years. Dan Perkel, a design researcher at IDEO conducted an ethnographic study of the issue on deviantART, the online arts community. An interview with Perkel on "The Signal", the Library of Congress' blog about digital preservation, is thought-provoking and worth reading by any interested in art in our digital age.

One of a number of blogs from the Library of Congress, "The Signal" states that "Technology is moving fast, and we cover exciting new developments that have an impact on digital preservation and access." Browse and subscribe to this blog here.

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May 29, 2012

"Bound by law?"

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? was written by three law professors James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and Keith Aoki and produced by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School.

It examines the impact of the key principles of copyright law: "public domain" and "fair use." The comic book style presents the information in an easy to read and understand format.

"Bound by Law? won't qualify anyone for membership in any professional organizations dedicated to intellectual property law. In fact, carrying it might alone be sufficient to keep a person out of some of those groups. But the aim isn't to make readers intellectual property experts. Rather, the goal is to educate artists and the public about current issues and provide commentary by those who believe copyright law must be fixed to remain a useful tool in a digital world."

This book is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

via Center for the Study of the Public Domain

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April 18, 2012

Digital Images Rights Computator

Developed by Visual Resources Association, the Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended “to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment”.

DIRC allows user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.

The interactive program gives a series of questions addressing five variables:

1. The copyright status of the underlying work represented in the image.

2. The copyright status of the photographic reproduction.

3. The specific source from which you have obtained the image under consideration.

4. Any terms of use or contract that may govern the uses of this image.

5. The intended use(s) of this image.

After all questions are answered user presented with a color-coded grid, the answer is highlighted.

via Visual Resources Association

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September 06, 2011


Old library interior [Haven Hall] ca. 1877
Source: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library

The University Library has changed a bit since these fellows matriculated!

One of the "modern" resources is Imageworks, the producer of this blog. We're your source for digital images, DVDs, viewing stations, scanners, and project tools (paper cutters, pens, rulers, etc.) Stop by for help finding and using images for your research, papers, and presentations. Check out our videos covering art, architecture, engineering, performance, urban planning, and more.

Find Imageworks on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, just east of the Reserves Desk. Online you'll find this blog, our video database, and a very useful Images Research Guide. Questions? Email us at

Best wishes for the new semester!

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November 16, 2010

Architecture of the South

The Library of Congress has a new collection in its vast Prints and Photographs online catalog: the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.

Belle Grove, front, White Castle vic., Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-01383

From their press release:
"Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens. Photographed primarily in the 1930s, the collection includes more than 7,100 images showing an estimated 1,700 structures and sites in rural and urban areas of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent Florida, Mississippi, and West Virginia."

Fahn Street, West side, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-06925

Poplar Grove tide mill, Mathews County, Virginia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-05156

Explore more of the Library of Congress image collections here.

There are no known restriction of the use of the photographs in the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. For further information on use and copyright, see the Library of Congress' Rights and Restrictions page.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank

Dr. Paul Park using the O-Arm precision surgical imaging unit in OR, June 4, 2008
Photo by Martin Vloet

The University of Michigan Health System has a terrific image database of the architecture, campus and urban setting, and work of the hospital and medical school system.

And, in consultation with the University Library Copyright Office, the University of Michigan Medical School Public Relations and Marketing Communications has adopted a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license for all of the images in their Health System ImageBank!

What does this mean? You can use any image posted to their imagebank provided your use of the image is noncommercial and provided you give appropriate attribution: cite the image!*

Michigan Stadium, May 18, 2009
Photo by Martin Vloet

Biomedical Science Research Building

*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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