Re: Re: Re: collages using old book pages
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on December 19, 2002 at 00:12:23:
In Reply to: Re: Re: collages using old book pages posted by Eric Bos on December 18, 2002 at 00:26:51:
: Dear mr Auslander,
: I want to use pictures made in 1483 by Erhard Reuwich, a painter and woodcarver. I want to use these pictures as a decoration for a website that I am making for my uncle who is a partner in an organization advice consultancy in the Netherlands. Since I am not familiair with copyrights whatsoever, I was wondering if the rule that sais that work prior to 1923 belongs to the public domain, also applies under Dutch law.
: : 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
Dear Mr. Bos,
Without taking professional responsibility, what I said before is that under the US law all works prior to 1923 are in the public domain in the United States. Reproductions of works of art can also be protected by the copyright law even if the original work is in the public domain. Each country has its own copyright law.
If you are working from a picture of the work, then there may be questions as to who owns what rights in the picture and does it come under the copyright law.
A solution, might be to get permission from the physical owner of the work.
It would be well to put a UCC copyright on you work, and also clarify who owns what on the website.
M. Arthur Auslander
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