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Copyright laws are important to collage and mixed media artists for two mainreasons. The first is, we want to protect our original art work. The second is,many collage artists appropiate other's works into their work.
Collage is often a derivative work as it may incorporate othercopyrighted material. And derivative work must have the original copyright ownerspermission!
In general, copyright laws are very gray. The safest method of workingis to incorporate your own original photography, drawings and other images intoyour mixed media collage art. There are some artistic reasons as well!
Check out our public domain art page of art you can freely use in your collage.
Copyright Resources for Artists
www.copyright.gov - United States Copyright Office
www.wikipedia.org.gov - Copyright information Wikipedia
www.Nolo.com is a pioneer in do ityourself legal issues. Here are a couple of links of interest from Nolo:
www.funnystrange.com - Copyright for collage artists by Sarah Ovenall
www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html - 10 Myths about Copyright.