Re: class photograph
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 25, 1999 at 06:32:47:
In Reply to: class photograph posted by jim on September 24, 1999 at 20:14:20:
: I have a class photograph taken in about 1950. I would like to make copies and sell same. Is this photgraph protected? Can I copyright the photograph? Thanks for any help which might come my way.
This is touchy. I disavow any professional responsibility for what is said and take no responsibility for what you do. What is more there may be variables.If you took the picture and did not publicly distribute it I think you own all the rights and can copyright it in your name. If there is no proper copyright notice on the photo and is was disrtibuted without and limitation, then the law as remembered in 1950 required a notice on publication or else, at least in the US the picture was in the public domain. If there is a valid copyright notice on the picture and the copyright was registered then it would have had to be renewed in 1978. The law is different today. You may be able to copyright your reproduction of that picture, as a reproduction. I'm quite sure you can do that and own your rights to the reproduction.
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