Frequently Asked Questions from Users
am a potential user; how do I know if the work I want to use is
are many considerations in determining whether a work is copyright-protected
or not. The “Copyright
Basics” section of this website
can give you guidelines in determining whether the image you are
hoping to reproduce is under copyright or not. If you are still
about the status of the image you are considering, call us and
we will be happy to provide you with the necessary information.
I clear rights through ARS, do I also get a photo?
ARS is not a photo archive and does not lend photographic material.
We clear intellectual property rights only, and the procurement
of photography is an entirely separate function undertaken by the
user. However, if a user is having difficulty locating a photo of
a particular image, we can often assist by recommending sources
or by appealing to the artist or estate for help.
I just scan the image out of a book?
No. Simply scanning images out of books or lifting them from other
sources for your own purposes is violative of the rights and prerogatives
of the artist, the publisher of the book, and the photographer who
supplied the original photographic material. It also constitutes
unlawful interference in the contractual relationship between the
original supplier of the photograph and the publisher.