Color pencil peacock on ©1983 Webster's Dictionary pages
This is a school art project my daughter is working on for class. Her teacher loaned her an old (©1983) Webster's dictionary to use as the background paper. In my daughter's eyes - this is a vintage dictionary. In my eyes - it is my freshman year of college! I mentioned to my daughter that it is copyright infringement to use the dictionary pages without permission. I got an eye roll. :-D
"It is just a dictionary Mom... Just for class Mom..." I am thinking, what if you want to sell this piece some day?
So I fired up my computer and did a little research. As far as I can tell, I wouldn't use anything unless is was copyrighted prior to 1923. Here is a good chart for more detailed exceptions: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
A Pinterest search turned up a LOT of people creating art on old books - fun to look at! http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=art%20on%20old%20books
I got tired of trying to find out if there is an exception for a dictionary. Does anyone know for sure? I would love to point to some authority so I can say "I told you so" :-)
One more thought...I maybe shouldn't post this image on my blog?! Hmmm.
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