I'm writing an article for a Steampunk newsletter in which I'm comparing Victorian Art Nouveau to Diesel Era Art Deco and I was if anyone new whether the work of Erté was public domain? I've seen conflicting statements on the web and I was wanting to use one of his artworks in my article however I didn't want to run into problems with copyrights.
If his work is not, does anyone know of any similar Art Deco posters that might be available? Something that would serve as a good contrast to this Art Nouveau work:
I suspected that was the case. I'll look into the Fair Use rules and maybe that will help. His work is such a perfect example of Art Deco and a wonderful example of how it contrast with Art Nouveau.
Don't mention it. Searching the US gov't copyright website is your friend. On fair use the general rule is non-profit and educational is good to go. Arguably you're giving them free advertizing. As long as SPM doesn't charge $ or pay you anything you can argue you're educating to public. Worst case they get a nasty letter saying "take it down" and have to delete the image from their pdf.
It is always a bit of a minefield as copyrights differ between countries - so you might be able to 'release' the newsletter in certain countries and not others. I would think it unlikely that anyone would care though (assuming you credit original) - as mentioned, you might get a 'cease and desist' letter in pretty much the worst case scenario.
I did an album that used a lot of vocals from old recordings at The Prellinger Archives (old educational tracks etc.). That site is a great resource, for any that are unfamiliar with it.
I appreciate it, Ant. Good advice.
As a follow-up for everyone, I sent both my preferred copyrighted image along with the less preferable public domain image to the editor with a recommendation to explore the Fair Use laws in the link from Cap'n. This gives her a choice.
Thank everyone on your feedback!