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Determine whether a work is in the public domain
What is considered "fair use"?
Find the copyright holder (copyright clearance)
Artists Rights Society
Represents major 20th century artists facilitates copyright permission to use images of member artists' work
Bridgeman Art Library International
A good source if you are looking for image clearance on an art work. The Bridgeman Copyright Service was set up to handle permissions clearances on the entire body of works of an artist or collection regardless of whether The Bridgeman Art Library can provide reproduction materials. See: http://www.bridgemanart.com/copyright
Copyright Clearance Center
Offers annual copyright licenses and pay-per-use licensing services
Writers, Artists, and their Copyright Holders (WATCH)
Provides copyright contact information of writers and artists
Artistic appropriation and reuse