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alekone
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artworks and photographs
« on: Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:42am »
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hi.
I have a question about photograph of artworks.
 
let's say that I go the a museum, for instance the Smithsonian. I take some photographs of the artworks displayed. the artworks are in the public domain.
 
Can I commercially exploit such reproduductions?
 
I know the answer under Italian law (we have special provisions) but what about US law?
thank you
ale
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Re: artworks and photographs
« Reply #1 on: Jan 2nd, 2006, 12:04pm »
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Generally speaking, you can do whatever you want with pictures taken in a federal government museum.  There may be some limitation on your ability to take photographs.  For example some exhibits in the Library of Congress are posted indicating that flash photography should not be used because of the degrading effect of the flash on the exhibit.
 
In other museums there may be prohibitions against taking photographs.   The museum might be able to take action against photographers as trespassers.
 
But take a legal picture of a public domain object, and you can, under US law, exploit the photograph commercially.  
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