|See Adrian Cotter's 1998 animated face look at you and talk to you on the kids section of the MOWA website. Go to the LINKS PAGE to go to the page.|
|Amy Stone, Founder and Project Director of the Museum of Web Art was kind enough to respond to our Email. She gave us permission to use the MOWA logo above. If you want to go to the MOWA website check out the LINKS PAGE. Here is what she wrote:|
Thank you for taking the time to make contact, and apologies for the delay in responding. We are well aware of your fine site, and, in fact, were sitting one table away from your site's representatives at the GII Awards in San Francisco. Congratulations!
In answer to your questions:-)
Q: Do you get requests from students for digital images and information?
A: We receive many inquiries regarding the usage of the digital pieces on display at MOWA, however we do not know what percentage of these requests are from students. Regardless, permission to use anything from the MOWA website is required.
Q: Can students write to the artists for permission to use their images?
A: Certainly, students and all people can write to the artists to request the use of their work. That's what we did at MOWA!
Q: Can children ask you for images and information for educational website?
A: All people and that includes children may request the use of images and information for any purpose, even exceeding the realm of the Web. We are always happy to provide more information to whomever requests it this is what the Web is all about, after all information!
Q: Do you have information about how artists think about the use of their art on the internet?
A: Although we don't have any "official" documentation on the subject,
what we do know is that the Internet provides artists with a global audience
that was previously out of reach to the struggling, undiscovered talents.
Q: We think that students go to museum web sites looking for pictures
and information to put on their educational web sites but they don't know
how to ask for permission. We would like to publish a few paragraphs about
how you decide who should receive permission to use your information for
A: The key to asking permission to use art or information on a website is being specific:
1) State what it is you
wish to use (provide a URL and a description of what you are requesting,
to eliminate any room for misunderstanding you don't want someone to think
you wish to reproduce the
2) Be sure to clarify
how you intend to present the requested materials i.e., are you going to
want a copy of the materials to place on your own server, or can you simply
reference the materials as they exist on
3) People are mostly concerned
about losing control of their creative assets, both in terms of integrity
and financial gain. You should therefore make a point of stating that their
work will not be used for promotional or commercial purposes, but strictly
for educational value; and that their materials will not be altered in
any way. At MOWA, part of our agreement with artists is that they can scrutinize
how we display and credit their work before it goes live to the public.
This way, if they have any objections, concerns, or criticisms or even
find a typo we can correct it in private and keep everyone happy in the
process. At the same time, when everything meets with the artist's approval,
we then have the go ahead to make the work live to the public in writing
(via email), which is our legal proof that we had permission to use the
requested materials. So, the next point is very important:
5) Finally, the best advice
we can offer, since the Web is, after all, a new medium, and many people
don't think twice about taking materials from other people's website and
displaying them on their own, is: Be
Q: We would like permission to use a picture of your choice on our
website as a link to your site.
We wish you all the best with your virtuous endeavor to educate and enlighten, and if we can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask.