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Copyright Information
Rights and Permissions

All of the artwork presented on this website, images, digital files, graphic images & elements, arrangement, literary works, and text are copyright © Koya Abe 1997-2016. All rights are reserved. All uses are subject to the terms and conditions of use designated below.

In general:

Art Professionals:  (Art museums, art gallery curators/directors and other designated professionals only) may retain copies made from the website materials for reference purposes.

Press:  Limited excerpts from text/literary materials may be used for press publications so long as they are attributed to the artist and with the copyright indicated.  Unaltered images of artwork maybe used for non-commerical press related purposes, such as art critique and news articles, with attribution to the artist and the copyright indicated. All reproductions of artwork images must be attributed to the artist and accompanied by a copyright indication (mark) and year, identify the artist by name, and if sourced from the website, must also include the website's main URL (
Unless expressly authorized otherwise, for any and all reproductions, copies, or displays, an image of the artwork may not be visually cropped, and digital watermarks and other identifiers may not be removed or concealed. For uses requiring high resolution or "clean" images or other requests, please contact the artist’s representative. Include information about the intended use, media (online or print, preferred resolution, etc.) and anticipated dates of use and a response will be made as soon as possible. 
Please also see terms and conditions of use, below, for more information.

Commercial uses of any kind are not permitted without the agreement and express written authorization of the artist/copyright holder or his legal representative.

Personal & all others:  For any use or questions, please contact the representative for information and/or authorization when applicable.  If in doubt, just send an e-mail and a response will be made as soon as possible.


COPYRIGHT NOTICE, legal notice, including
terms and conditions of use of website images:

Definitions:  The following definitions apply to the information stated on this page. "Website" unless otherwise stated, means the website located at, including all subpages and ancillary pages, including that which is identified as and subpages and ancillary pages, regardless of (URL) location. The "artist" means Koya Abe, his heirs and assignees. "Material" is all artwork images, digital files, html code, graphic images and elements, arrangement, literary work and other text, displayed on or forming a part of the website (  Material also includes reproductions made of these articles, regardless of where they may be located or displayed.  "Reproduction" means any form of copying or duplication, including but not limited to downloading, printing, facsimile transmittal (fax), scanning, photocopying, photographing, or digital duplication/copying.  (Merely viewing, without other action, in a web browser without otherwise downloading or copying the material is a form of reproduction that is accpetable without specific authorization, as a means of viewing/accessing the website content).  "Distribution" means any form of dissemination of the website material, including artwork images, by the means of, but not limited to, electronic communication (web, e-mail, messaging, server transfers, etc.), by fax, or any other type of transfer in physical or digital form.  "Commercial use" is any form of sale, lending, renting, promotion or advertising, or any display associated with goods or services for sale or for potential sale, regardless of whether such actions or associations generate monetary revenue.  "Internet" includes but is not limted to the physical devices and communication processes known as the "world wide web," and electronic visual communications, telecommunication, texual communications, distance data transfer, audio communications and related processes and services, and related devices and functions which effect such communciations. Internet also means any such process, device, function or service so designated in the future, or serving a similar or related function. "Online" means any form of display or dissemination that is viewable or accessible via the internet or any intranet/extranet or network, to anyone or to any device.  "Public display" means any form of exhibition or display of the material, including online presentation, which can potentially or actually be viewed, either simultaneously or non-simultaneously, by more than one person at the same time, with little or no limitation.

Terms of Use:  Any use of the materials, express or implied, must include attribution (artist’s name) and signify that the work is protected by copyright, unless otherwise specified.  For any uses occuring outside the physical boundaries of the United States of America, European Union countries, United Kingdom, Japan, or South Korea, or when any uses, including online display, may result in display outside of the afore countries, a copyright notice must be clearly visible on the material.  The copyright notice should be in the form presented in association with the image on the website, and in addition, must comply with any local standards for such a notice if they differ from the website format or the terms of this notice. However, unless expressly authorized, all uses must include the artist's name and signify that the image/material is protected by copyright.  Commericial uses of any kind, without express written permission of the artist or his legal representative, are strictly forbidden. Further terms of use, for press purposes, art professionsals and personal use are stated above and hereby incorporated into the terms of use. Any use of the material not contemplated in these terms is forbidden without express authorization of the artist or his legal represenatative. Digital files for use online must include a link back to either this page ( or the main website page ( within the “file info” section, or similiar, of a digital image file or in print adjacent to the image or text.  If any terms herein are found to be unlawful or ineffective, the remain terms shall survive and will constitute the entirety of the agreement. To the extent that these terms may create any form of an agreement or a license, any such dispute arising from the putative agreement or license shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York and by the laws of the United States of America, including as allowable by the law, statutory damages and fees. In the event of any legal dispute, the licensee or putative licensee agrees that the Courts of the State of New York, United States of America, are the sole venue for such action. By performing any acts that are permitted by this statement or agreement, including any of the terms or authorizations specified anywhere on this page or this statement, the person or entity taking such action, including any agents of an entity or person, agrees to be bound by the terms herein and acknowledges that notice of the copyrights of the materials has been received by said person or entitiy. By using any image or images or other material from this website in any manner, you agree to be bound by the terms described above.
These terms and conditions of use may be altered or amended at any time by the artist/author of the materials and by the copyright holder/owner and any such alterations or amendments are retroactive unless otherwise stated. Agreement to these Terms of Use is self-Executing.
Other than the limited uses granted on this page, and those specifically permitted by the law of the United States of America and the State of New York, all rights are reserved.  All rights of reproduction, distribution, public display, publication, and any form of commercial use, or transfer, are expressly retained. Additional and other uses, or any exceptions to this statement/agreement, may be authorized only upon the express written permission of the artist/author or copyright holder/owner.  

Last update: 1/28/2013

Please feel free to contact the artist’s representative for any information, questions, or permission requests at  Thank you

Additional Resources: Information about copyrights, permitted uses and rights related to visual art are available from the U.S. Copyright office.