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Jim Lapic
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Copyrighting of 100+ year old photographs
« on: Jun 11th, 2004, 7:54pm »
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Hello Everyone,
 
I came into possesion of a large quantity of old photographs, all from the late 1800's.  About half are the original prints from 2 professional artists that died prior to 1920.  The other half are from a book that was published and copyrighted in 1894.  The photographs in this book were actually commisioned by the French Government.
 
Can these images be reproduced?
 
If so then with both groups of photographs it is possible that someone else out there has copyrighted their original prints or images from their printing of the book?  In that case is it a first come first served basis?
 
If these can be copyrighted must every print and image be copyrighted as individuals or en masse?
 
Thank you,
 
Jim
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Re: Copyrighting of 100+ year old photographs
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http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm
 
http://www.law.cornell.edu/copyright/cases/36_FSupp2d_191.htm
 
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