I have an idea for my final project for my Masters in curating. The idea is that I would take some gallery space at my local Museum or Church (as they have a gallery space) and divide the space with pieces of concept art from four popular games with a VDU in the middle showing trailers of the end product that came from the concept art. Now this is just an initial idea and I want to check if their would be a copyright issue. I have found this link http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ40.pdf which says to publicly display art and concept art may not infringe copyright but I am not sure and I though some of you guys on here would know and point me in the right direction. I would appreciate it if you could help and direct me to any links. If there is a copyright issue I will write to the game studios of the game art I want to display and see if I can get permission for any. Finally I would just like to add I'm from the UK but I believe our laws on copyright are the same as in the US.
I don't think anyone will get up in arms about displaying some work as long as it's not for sale. If I were doing it I would send a courtesy email and if someone really had an objection they would let you know. Most of these things are posted somewhere and so publicity is a good thing.
I agree with Bill but at the same time I wouldn't put together a very major show without permission from the various studios. If it's a minor kind of thing, like you're showing how you would conceive and arrange a show as a curator - but this is really just a weekend portfolio review then I wouldn't worry about it.
One possible bonus with contact and permission is assistance with various marketing materials that could make your exhibit that much more professional.