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Old 12-01-2010, 01:58 PM
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A scan made from a slide or negative is not an original work, it is a reproduction of the original. If you have legal title to the slides, then you are the copyright holder. As Sirduke has written, placing a signature, logo, or name somewhere on your prints will discourage unauthorized reproduction and make thing easier if you ever need to take action against a violator. Placing text on the back of the prints stating that any reproduction is prohibit will also help. As long as you hold title to the original scans I do not think that formal registration is necessary. Demonstrating that you have made reasonable efforts to display on the works, ownership and prohibited reproduction will likely go further in a legal action than actually registering the work.

Regards, Murray

Sorry, I have to disagree with the advice Murray. Ownership of the slides or negatives does NOT mean that you hold the copyright. Otherwise, I could freely take ownership of a top selling movie copyright simply by buying it on film. It is the creator of the image that owns the copyright unless s/he specifically sells or gives up that copyright. The media, whether print, negative, photo, illustration, or digital - is irrelevant.

In my opinion, if this person did not create the images, and is not significantly altering the image but is simply reproducing them for profit, then it IS a copyright violation. Granted, many people use famous images of celebrities or locations (Beatles, Elvis, Stonehenge, etc.) - they are technically breaking the law, but the owners of those copyrights, for whatever reason, have not chosen to pursue their rights.

I would also discourage him from putting any copyright or other "disincentive to copy" on them. If the real copyright owner discovers the violation, they will be entitled to compensation. If deception can be proven, it becomes a felony issue and the penalty would be much more severe.

My advice is to speak with a copyright attorney and get the facts. If you insist on continuing to use the images, then I would keep my head down and my mouth shut and keep out of trouble. My second piece of advice would be to find a way to artistically render the images in a unique style, then trademarking your style. You should also consider researching exactly who does own the copyright, and getting permission.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:24 PM
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TEastman, if Daryl has legal title to the slides meaning the creator or legal copyright owner has signed over the originals as well as the rights to reproduce and sell and any other usage rights that were included in an agreement or a will, then Daryl can use them in any way he chooses.
I may be missing something here but in the original post Daryl was asking advice protecting his rights. He never said that he did not legally own the slides and the rights to reproduce and sell prints. Some folks here are automatically assuming that Daryl is illegally copying slides to which he does not own the copyright.
Why have some members assumed that Daryl does not hold the the copyright?
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:36 PM
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>Why have some members assumed that Daryl does not hold the the copyright?
People always look for the worst in people. It makes a better story.

First of all, there is no reason to think that there is a registered copyright. There may be but there also may not be.
Second, it was mentioned that the copyright holder would need to turn over or give up their copyright. Well, in my book when an item is disgarded into a trash can on the curb of the road for garbage collection, that makes the item legally disgarded refuse, just the same as any other trash. Any person can claim the item.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:43 PM
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Thanks for all your help.
I will put my notice on my prints and be satisfied that processing labs will not touch them. The reason I brought this up is that I just sold a historic image to a guy. I then found an article about him that said that he collects historic images and has been known to make copies for people. What the...
Time to start being careful.
You talk about this as if you feel reproduction rights belong to you. Thirty seconds on google would turn up similar situations to what you are describing. Basically you probably have no right to collect money on the reproduction of these images. Try mentioning how you actually acquired these. If you purchased them are you able to find out who the original photographer was? Copyright on the images should belong to them or their descendants assuming it wasn't signed off on at an earlier time. The lack of details you've provided makes it more difficult to determine any of this. Below is a decent example. I know there's debate over if the negatives are genuine, but the argument is that if they are, he may not own reproduction rights.


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/cult...eep-them-.html
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:44 PM
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You can claim ownership of a specific item, such as a paperback or CD you find in the trash, but not authorship (which is what copyright is for). The same goes for photos or negatives. And falsely claiming copyright (in this case to deter copying) is fraud (and I don't mean that figuratively).
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:48 PM
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> Well, in my book when an item is disgarded into a trash can on the curb of the road for garbage collection, that makes the item legally disgarded refuse, just the same as any other trash. Any person can claim the item.
You're ignorant and looking for justification. None of your arguments mean anything in a legal sense, and there is an implicit copyright when a photo is taken. I could put old negatives through a shredder and it wouldn't give you the right to reassemble and use them.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:54 PM
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Daryl, I agree with Doug and Kav. Assuming you found them in the trash, you have no right to reproduce and sell them. If the copyright owner did not discard them accidentally, he may have wanted them destroyed so that they could not be reproduced. You may have possession of the media but you have no rights to do anything with it.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:07 PM
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Well, my original question regarded whether I can or should copyright. Question was answered. But the whole issue of who owns them was not my question. I know who owns them. I know that a business that may or may not have commissioned some of them many decades ago has seen some of them around town over the last few years and never raised an eyebrow. I feel completely comfortable knowing they are mine.
Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:14 PM
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TEastman, if Daryl has legal title to the slides meaning the creator or legal copyright owner has signed over the originals as well as the rights to reproduce and sell and any other usage rights that were included in an agreement or a will, then Daryl can use them in any way he chooses.
I may be missing something here but in the original post Daryl was asking advice protecting his rights. He never said that he did not legally own the slides and the rights to reproduce and sell prints. Some folks here are automatically assuming that Daryl is illegally copying slides to which he does not own the copyright.
Why have some members assumed that Daryl does not hold the the copyright?
Regards, Murray
Sorry, but since he seemed to avoid actually saying that he was the legal owner of the copyright or had permission to use them, I had to assume the opposite. I think my assumption proved correct. Finding negatives in the trash means nothing. Negatives can be duplicated. It could have been one person throwing away someone else's property. Throwing away even the original negatives does not automatically forfeit copyright protection.

I stand by my original advice. Discuss it with an attorney or legal adviser that specializes in copyright and property laws. Go legitimate. They very well may be public domain. But he needs to investigate and find out for sure.

Todd

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:00 PM
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Copyright is certainly a hot topic on this forum, as it should be. I often go to auctions and purchase old photographs, BUT i only purchase them for digital reformatting if I know who/where they came from so I can get the appropriate permissions to reformat them as it is illegal to reproduce any image that you don't own the copyright to. If I can't reasonably determine who owns the copyright I try to determine whether the age of the asset is over the limit to put it in public domain. It can be a crap shoot but it is IMPORTANT that we all take copyright seriously and do our best to respect it. I think it is irresponsible to take original content and make a profit off of it without any concern to the proper owner of the asset - this is why we have copyright protections.

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