Clip Art & Copyright

Subject: Clip Art & Copyright
From: Harold Snyder <ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM1 -dot- BITNET>
Date: Wed, 24 May 1995 09:37:49 EDT

Mary Ann,

Congratulations on your new job!

A couple of things about clip art and copyrights in newsletters:

1) The best place to look for Clip Art packages is either in a computer
magazine or in a catalog of someone who sells software, such as

MicroWAREHOUSE (voice: 1-800-367-7080)

Power Up! (voice: 1-800-851-2917/1-800-647-2699)

The PC Zone (1-800-258-2088; they also have the Mac Zone)

PC Connection (1-800-800-1111)

2) All of the Clip Art programs that I've seen grant permission for you to
use their images (this is included as part of their agreement with you).

As for newsletters

1) Because most newsletters are relatively short (most are 4 pages), very
few are copyrighted; this is because they want readers to use the
information contained in them, and they have little or no commercial

2) The "fillers" you mention are either written by the newsletter people
or they are reprinted (with the permission of the copyright holder, if
the material is copyrighted).

3) Likely, using "fillers" and citing where they appeared in what the
Copyright Law of 1976 defines as "fair use."

You can probably obtain a copy of the Copyright Law from the U. S. Library
Congress--I think that's where the Copyright Office is presently located
(and I don't recall Uncle Newt threatening to move it). Otherwise, must
writing books have a section on copyright.

Good luck with your newsletter.



+ Hal Snyder, Professor of English | Technical Editing; Business, +
+ Dept. of English (GCB 2115) | Scientific, and Technical Writing +
+ East Carolina University | ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM -dot- CIS -dot- ECU -dot- EDU +
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