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Introduction to Theater Design - Johnstown Campus: On the Web

A guide to visual research for John Teacher's Introduction to Theater Design course

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Fair use is an exemption to copyright restrictions for purposes such as education and research, commentary and parody. This is why you can copy and display copyrighted works in a classroom situation. Educational fair use does not extend outside of the classroom environment however.

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Online Image Sources

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