have been given some basic information about copyright laws
pertaining to Calligraphers that I'll pass along to you.
look for the copyright notice, (near the work or at the beginning
of a book, or in the acknowledgements at the end). If there
is none, it is free to copy.
is the age of the work? Copyrights are good for the life of
the author plus 50 years, but can be inherited and renewed.
If there's any question call or write to the publisher. If a
company owns the copyright, it is good for 75 years.
times the entire compliation of poetry or work is copyrighted
individual poems in the book are okay to use. You just can't
reproduce the book in its entirety. In this case, they have
acknowledgements at the back of the book which pertain to each
individual poem. You should be really careful with copyrighted
material especially if you are having it reproduced (for profit
or not). Keep in mind, these same copyright laws are there to
protect the usage of our own work, so be considerate of others
you are going to do a one off original piece of art, you are
probably okay and don't need permission. But if you do a number
of pieces by the same author and exhibt our work extensively,
it would be a good idea to get permission from the author/copyright
holder. Again, remember the Golden Rule!
something is copyrighted, write to the publisher and get permission
and sometimes pay a fee. They will usually send some guidelines
for use of the material and sometimes ask for copies to be sent
copyright information and/or forms, call the following numbers
in Washington, D.C.:
Hotline - 202-707-9100 (24 hours)
Copyright Office - 202-479-0700
order copyright forms to register your own material, call the
Hotline and ask for Visual Art - Graphics. They will send a
form which you may copy and use every time you need one. Fill
them out and send certified mail with a return receipt and $20.00.
Your copyright return receipt will be valid from the date they
receive it. They will stamp it with that date, although you
may not receive the receipt or notice for some weeks.