Re: Re: Re: Copyrights for old photographs
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on November 12, 2003 at 06:11:55:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Copyrights for old photographs posted by Dave on November 11, 2003 at 14:00:50:
: : : I have in my posession photographs from the 1860's - 1930's. they were taken by city photographers in pittsburg. can i reproduce these pictures and sell them?
: : Dear Dave,
: : Without research, I believe the Register of copyrights says that no live copyright goes back before 1923 or so.
: : Other than questions of your right to own the rights in the pictures, there may be no copyright problems before 1923 or so.
: : There may be questions as to who owns the intellectual property in the pictures. Possession in itself does not give the right, as I understand it.
: Why 1923? What is the length of an original copyright from this time period and length of renewals?
The law is never unchanged. Copyrights used to be for 28 years renewable for 28, then, an it said Mickey Mouse was involved, they kept on being extended. The latest is life plus 70.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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