Copyright:Support Guides/Public Domain/On the Web
Many websites provide access to digital reproductions of works that are in the Public Domain. For instance, the websites of museums and art galleries often include online collections of images, and many of these images depict manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, and other creative works that are in the Public Domain.
Although the act of digitizing a Public Domain work is not itself sufficient to create a new, copyrighted version of the original work, it is important to exercise caution when using such digital reproductions, as they are often made available subject to terms and conditions in legally enforceable license agreements.
This is also true of license agreements for electronic resources accessed through UBC Library: although ARTstor includes thousands of images of works that are in the Public Domain, the ARTstor license agreement governs how these images can be used.