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Copyright on Campus

Copyright law specific to college and university faculty and students


This guide is designed to provide basic, general information about copyright, and does not constitute legal advice.  The links to third party sites in this guide are provided for your convenience.  College of the Redwoods does not take responsibility for the content of these other sites. 

Copyright Law and Visual Arts

Copyright protects original “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works,” which includes two- and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Under certain circumstances, these works should be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. For more information on Copyright Law, visual arts, and the registration requirement, please see the Copyright Office Circular #40,linked below. Other links provide more specific detail on various aspects of copyright law relevant to artists.