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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it's a good bet that at least half of those words relate to the picture's copyright status. Art historians, artists, and anyone who wants to use the images of others will find themselves awash in byzantine legal terms, constantly evolving copyright law, varying interpretations by museums and estates, and despair over the complexity of the whole situation. Here, on a whiteand#8212;not a highand#8212;horse, Susan Bielstein offers her decades of experience as an editor working with illustrated books. In doing so, she unsnarls the threads of permissions that have ensnared scholars, critics, and artists for years.

Organized as a series of and#8220;takesand#8221; that range from short sidebars to extended discussions, Permissions, A Survival Guide explores intellectual property law as it pertains to visual imagery. How can you determine whether an artwork is copyrighted? How do you procure a high-quality reproduction of an image? What does and#8220;fair useand#8221; really mean? Is it ever legitimate to use the work of an artist without permission? Bielstein discusses the many uncertainties that plague writers who work with images in this highly visual age, and she does so based on her years navigating precisely these issues. As an editor who has hired a photographer to shoot an incredibly obscure work in the Italian mountains (a plan that backfired hilariously), who has tried to reason with artists' estates in languages she doesn't speak, and who has spent her time in the archival trenches, she offers a snappy and humane guide to this difficult terrain.

Filled with anecdotes, asides, and real courage, Permissions, A Survival Guide is a unique handbook that anyone working in the visual arts will find invaluable, if not indispensable.

About the Author

Susan M. Bielstein is executive editor for art, architecture, classical studies, and film at the University of Chicago Press and a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She has lectured widely on publishing issues and has taught graduate and postdoctoral writing workshops at numerous universities.

Table of Contents


1. Permissions, A Love Story

2. An Admission

3. Bleeding Dollars and Euros and Pounds and Yen

4. What Is Copyright?

5. The Copy Trade and the Public Domain

6. The Forbidden Image: Museums and an Empire of Signs

Sidebar: Artists' Moral Rights

Sidebar: Copyrighting Architecture

7. Those Toes: Privacy Woes and the Duchess of York

Sidebar: Events and Performances

8. Monks in Faraway Places, or Latin Lives!

9. Fair Use

10. Doing and Saying Whatever It Takes in the Name of Scholarship

11. A Society of Ownership: See America

12. A Supplicant's Manifesto

13. What Did Itand#160;Cost? A Summary of Fees for This Book

Sample Copyright Permission Letter

Sample Use Permission Letter

Sample Permissions Log and Summary

Sources: Image Banks and Artists Rights Organizations

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Bielstein, Susan M.
University of Chicago Press
Writing Skills
Business Aspects
Intellectual Property - General
Intellectual Property
Copyright licenses -- United States.
Copyright -- Art -- United States.
Law-Intellectual Property - General
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Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
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