Copyright Information

The majority of art published on this site exists in the public domain. Any work in the public domain is available for any use by anybody. To avoid notions of plagiarism, all art on this site is duly attributed to the original creator. In the United States, public domain includes any work that was published anywhere in the world prior to January 1, 1923. It is defined by the U.S. Copyright Office as any work that is not copyrighted, i.e.,

  • was never eligible for copyright or
  • had its copyright expire.

Mechanical reproductions of original two-dimensional art inherit the copyright of the art. If the art is in the public domain, then so is the reproduction. In cases in which the art remains copyrighted, the original owner maintains copyright protection.

Any item published in the United States without copyright notice between 1923 and 1977 exists in the public domain. To the best of our knowledge, this applies to the following items:

  • Carmen (1927)
  • At The Gallery (1930)

June 23, 2010 marked the 70th anniversary of Hermann-Paul’s death. At that time, most of his work entered the public domain inside the United States. It is possible that some copyright protections still exist. We believe the use of low resolution reproductions of those materials for the purpose of critical commentary is justified under the terms of fair use. Any other use of these images may violate copyright protection.

The images listed below are claimed under fair use for the following reasons:

  1. They are historically significant
  2. They are used for informational purposes only.
  3. Their inclusion enhances our presentation of Hermann-Paul’s body of work.
  4. They are readily available on the public internet.

We feel this claim applies to the following items:

  • Les deux aristocraties (1923)