I went to visit Washington D.C. in February, 2000. During the trip,
I visited the United States Marines War Memorial. It has a giant
sculpture of soldiers showing what happened on February 19, 1945 towards
the end of World War II. On that date the Marines battled with the
Japanese army and put up the American Flag on the island of Iwo Jima, near
Japan. Almost 7,000 Marines were killed in that battle and as many were
injured. It is an amazing memorial, especially at night. It
was created by donations from Marines and their families. On the base of
the statue it lists all of the battles where Marines have been killed.
I noticed a copyright
symbol at the bottom of the Statue. I never noticed a copyright
symbol on a statue before. The statue was created by a former Marine,
Felix De Weldon who was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated
Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal.
When I got home from
my trip I realized that the photograph and the statue are good examples
of how the same image can be copyrighted in different ways because a copyright
protects the way a person expresses art and not the idea that started it.
I e-mailed the National
Parks Service and the Research Librarian at the Library of Congress to
find out about the copyrights of these two art works. I received
so many great answers. I thought you might like to read them.
They show you that there are a lot of people who can help you if you want
to use an image on your website. After reading all of their advice,
you'd never think of the National Park Service as a place just to get vacation
tips. CLICK HERE to see email
about Iwo Jima.
Here is a collection of
different artworks based on the same image Joe Rosenthal captured at the
battle of Iwo Jima. This image is so famous that it is copied in
different ways. You can see it in advertising and movies. Once
you see it, you won't forget it. That is why art work
is so important.