Copyright can seem like a real quagmire sometimes. What images can I use without messy repercussions? Is someone going to sue me? What is open access? What is fair use?
Well, I’ve got good news. The National Gallery of Art has a collection of images you can reproduce without fear, for any use. Over 20,000, high-resolution, open access images are at your disposal. For free! You can be sitting pretty like our pal over here, with your polished, professional, and perfectly legal presentation.
Copyright currently covers a work until 70 years after the creator’s death. That is the simple version though. I mean, really simple. A more nuanced approach to copyright can be found on April 9 at the Savvy Researcher Workshop titled: Practical Copyright: Considerations for Teaching and Research.
In addition to being open access, NGA Images allows users to browse, search, share, save, and download images. The user-friendly site has also set up it’s own featured image collections, including a folder of “frequently requested” images such as Vermeer’s “Woman Holding a Balance.”
You’re probably thinking that this can’t possibly get any better. But it can. NGA also includes a reproduction guide in it’s help section for those of you publishing with images. Including this document when you send images to you publisher will help to ensure maximum image quality, making you and your publication shine.
Explore and enjoy!