Community Engagement Toolbox

Additional Resources

The College Art Association (CAA) has published the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts professionals. It will be a vital resource for everyone working in the field, including artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors. 

The Code describes the relevance of fair use in five broad areas of the visual arts field:

Analytic Writing: When may scholars and other writers about art invoke fair use to quote, excerpt, or reproduce copyrighted works?

Teaching about Art: When may teachers invoke fair use in using copyrighted works to support formal instruction in a range of settings, including online and distance teaching?

Making Art: Under what circumstances may artists exercise fair use to incorporate copyrighted material into new artworks in any medium?

Museum Uses: When may museums and their staffs invoke fair use in using copyrighted works-such as images, text, and time-based and born-digital material-when organizing exhibitions, developing educational materials (within the museum and online), publishing catalogues, and other related activities?

Online Access to Archival and Special Collections: When may such institutions and their staffs claim fair use to create digital preservation copies and/or enable digital access to copyrighted materials in their collections?