Re: collages using old book pages
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on May 26, 2002 at 04:43:11:
In Reply to: collages using old book pages posted by heather hubbard on May 25, 2002 at 01:43:00:
: Please help! Recently I started making vintage mirrors with collages around the frame. Most of the pictures are from the picture library in Manhattan and I make color copies of them. Alot of the pictures do not say what book or source they are from. I also have some pages from old French books that I use. Is there a certain age that a picture can be before the copywright law no longer applies? Am I breaking the law using reproductions of old pictures from the picture library? What if the publishing house is out of business? Thanks for your help!
Dear Heather Hubbard,
You are to be commended for your caution. The Register of Copyrights has a notice that all works prior to 1923 are public domain. Leave it to the law though. Reproductions are contemporaneously registerable under the copyright law.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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