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Requesting Slides or Digital Images: Copyright Issues

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Cézanne: Uncle Dominique as a Lawyer

Due to image quality and copyright concerns, we prefer to purchase or license slides and digital images from vendors, when they are available. However, because of constraints of time and image availability, we do supplement our purchases with images produced in-house. We feel that the Fair Use clause of U.S. Copyright Law covers the creation and limited educational use of these images.

The images we create through copywork photography or scanning are meant to be used for teaching purposes at Boston College. They may be projected in the classroom, or mounted on course-specific, password-protected Web sites (see Blackboard Vista). Please do not make further copies of images (electronic or otherwise), or make any other use of these images.

For images for which you hold the copyright, we are also happy to provide scanning and photography services, with the understanding that the resulting image will become part of our collection and may be used under the same conditions outlined above for other classes in the Fine Arts Department (so, for example, digital images of slides that you have shot may be used on Blackboard Vista sites for other Fine Arts classes). You are responsible for any additional uses you make of digital images created by us from photographs that you have shot. In other words, if you wish to place such materials on an unrestricted website, you are responsible for understanding the copyright implications (keep in mind that even if you shot the slide, the underlying work might still be under copyright).

If I feel that your request may not comply with the Fair Use doctrine under U.S. Copyright law, you will be responsible for obtaining necessary permissions before we will produce the images.

For information about copyright in regard to publication, see Copyright Term & Public Domain in the United States, an informative chart maintained by Peter Hirtle at the Cornell Copyright Information Center.

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Pont du Gard, Nîmes

Images courtesy of Saskia, Ltd.
Top: Paul Cézanne, "Uncle Dominique as a Lawyer" (Musée d'Orsay, Paris); Bottom: Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France (Roman, ca. 19 BC, designer unknown)