Public Domain And Artwork  

The copyright law is one such tool devised by the judicial system to safeguard the work of a writer, composer, artist or a distributor and provide them with the sole authority of the creation, sale or allocation of the work concerned.

This right aims at respecting an individual’s creativity and aids the person in gaining fame and money from it.Any artwork, be it literary or artistic, if not protected by the copyright law, falls under public domain. Such work can be used by anyone free of charge in any sphere they desire. Just as copyright law motivates the original producer, the laws governing public domain enhance the sharing of knowledge and creativity. This is especially true in the case of artwork. In absence of public domain, work in museums would permanently be inaccessible to public in general. Even today, artistic work from the 20th century is not under public domain.

The term ‘fair use’ highlights an intermediate path between copyright and public domain. This law restricts the sole right of the owner and permits partial public access. Professions linked with education and journalism, primarily make worthy use of this law. However, those claiming fair use ought to refrain from any monetary gains via the usage of the work concerned. The claimants have to abide by the spirit of trust underlying the concept of fair use.

There is another interesting angle pertaining to the issue of artwork in public domain. Two-dimensional artwork such as drawings and paintings, in public domain, if replicated, are not liable to be protected by copyright. Only originality is given its due respect and protection. This aspect helps in placing increasing number of artwork in public domain such as old paintings, which after a specific time frame fall into the jurisdiction of public domain. However, the same rule is not applicable to three-dimensional artwork such as sculpture and photography. Such work does not qualify as a mere reproduction and therefore, deserves security and renewed recognition.

Artwork published before the year 1923 is part of public domain as per the law of the United States. Also, photographs published between the time period of 1923 and 1963 fall under public domain unless renewed at the right time.

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