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Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, Occasional Paper no. 17

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Art Libraries Society of North America


This lesson was designed as a part of a seminar for art majors preparing work for their Senior Show and is intended to inform students preparing to begin careers as practicing artists or art educators. The lesson incorporates a short lecture on copyright and fair use, a class discussion about copyright and artistic practice based on preparatory readings, an in-class research exercise of art copyright case studies, and student presentations on their findings and opinions. In addition to raising awareness of copyright and the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, this lesson is particularly apt for helping students grapple with the ethical complexities surrounding the artistic use of other artists’ work.


copyright, fair use, studio artists