Copyright, Public Domain, Licensing, and Intellectual Property
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pertaining to copyright, licensing, intellectual property, and other
related topics for legally and ethically using materials for teaching
Image and text used with permission from Jill Markgraf
No permission is needed to use works in the public domain because they are not protected by copyright. Most works enter the public domain when the law no longer considers them under copyright. Visit the above links (in the Copyright section) for more information.
Diego Velázquez [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Is this photograph in the public domain?
According to Wikimedia.org "this work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus100 years or fewer." The Wikimedia Foundation adds, "faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain, and that claims to the contrary represent an assault on the very concept of a public domain". However, the Prado Museum owns the painting and therefore, can theoretically claim rights to the painting. The photographer might also be able to claim rights to this reproduction of Velazquez's painting. The law is unclear in this area. What do you think?