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Copyright Guidelines

General Info

  • The courts have determined that it is within fair use to download thumbnail images from a web site without asking permission or paying a licensing fee. 
  • However, downloading full size images from a web site does not meet the fair use criteria. Unless the site clearly states that it is permissible to download images for free, you must request permission and possibly pay a licensing fee to do so.

Fair Use Factors:

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include

     (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

     (2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

     (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

     (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Using ARTstor images Permitted and Prohibited Uses

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