Copyright Laws for Young Artists

Using the Right Tools for Creation

What is Copyright in Art?

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What can we do to follow the Copyright Laws?

  • Credit the artist of material being used
  • Ask permission of the artist
  • Create major changes to idea and material so that it becomes your own

Artists Who Tested the Copyright Laws

Using Reference Photographs

Is it ok to use a photograph reference to create an artwork?


  • Is it a photograph of a common subject/place? -- Yes that is not violating Copyright Laws
  • If an artist/photographer is known for portraying the subject a certain way, you may not copy that same style.
  • If your artwork is your own interpretation of a photographer's techniques for achieving visual effects, you may use those techniques as inspiration for your ideas rather than copy them directly.

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