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ART --the quality, creation, production, expression, or realm, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance according to aesthetic principles,.  The definition relies on the properties of the art itself, and not the tools used to produce it.

COPYRIGHT --the exclusive right to make copies or otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, electronic, performed, etc.  Works granted such right by law in the US on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator, and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.  A copyright holder may transfer all or any part of the copyright by license to a specified party by means of license.

DIGITAL ART  --this is a difficult and evolving definition:

  • A work of art that uses digital technology or a computer as either a medium or a tool in all or part of its creation.

  • The law defines digital art as a subcategory of visual art, so a piece of digital art is an "original" work to be included among two and three-dimensional works of "fine, graphic and applied art."

FAIR USE --In a general sense, Fair Use is use of copyrighted material for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to provide commentary, criticism, or parody. Such uses can be made without permission or compensation the copyright owner. Fair Use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement: if your use qualifies as a Fair Use, then it is not illegal infringement  Qualifying for Fair Use can be a thorny process.


GICLÈE --a digital printmaking method using an ink-jet printer to produce high-quality images; also written giclee.  In giclèe, archival pigment inks from eight of more color tanks are sprayed on various media (paper, canvas, plastic, metal, etc.) using continuous tone technology to produce millions of colors.  High dot density (300-600dpi or more), overlap, and bleed are used to retain the fine detail of the original.  Current giclèe technology cannot produce 3-dimensional effects, such as impasto.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY  --The ownership of ideas and the products of artistic creation, as well as the control over any tangible or virtual representation of those ideas.  Such ownership is conveyed through patents, copyrights, and trademarks,


Use of another person's intellectual property may or may not involve license payments or permission, but should always include proper credit to the source.

LICENSE --formal permission from a constituted authority for the license holder to do something, that requires the use of an intellectual property, such as a patent or copyright, that is held by someone else.  The holder of a copyright may transfer the right to use the covered work by granting a license, usually for due consideration.

LICENSE-Royalty --A license granted on the basis of an agreement to pay royalties for each use for the duration of the license.

LICENSE-Nonroyalty --A license granted for consideration other than royalties.  Often this is a single fee paid at the beginning of the license, and covering its entire term with no further payment.  A non-royalty license may also be open-ended, with no term or expiration.

LICENSE-Limited --a license which permits certain specified uses of a property, while withholding others.  For example, a license may permit use on electronic media, but not in print.

LICENSE-Creative Commons  --Creative Commons is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

PUBLIC DOMAIN --the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired, or that never had such protection.  Such works are avaliable to anyone to copy, construct, perform, or otherwise exploit without licensing.

ROYALTY --a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or copyright, for the limited or unlimited licensed use of it.  A royalty is usually a small fee charged each time the work is used.

WATERMARK --In the digital context, there are two kinds of watermark:

  • A standard visual image, which may include text, that is incorporated into an image posted on the internet to make it harder to copy surreptitiously.
  • Code incorporated invisibly into an image posted on the internet, used to identify the copyright holder and facilitate the tracing of stolen images without altering the image itself.


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All the gallery images are available as fine high resolution, archival quality giclee prints for purchase in a variety of sizes, framed and unframed.   No order is too small, but we can complete high volume orders, too.


Images can also be licensed as digital wallpaper,  use on a website,  or in a a print based project, such as a poster or brochure.  Royalty-free licenses that do not expire are granted for a one-time nominal fee. 


If you find an image you would like to license or buy as a print, or you have any questions, contact me through the Mail Room.


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