Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Do you know anything about this photo?

Do you recognize anyone in this photo? Any idea where it was taken or when?


At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you legally post this photo if you do not know who owns the copyright?

As a member of a small, rural historical society I would like to collect historic photographs, including scanned images of school and family snapshots that would be retained by their owners (only in cases where owners would give us written permission to scan). This would help to ensure against their loss and also facilitate research in local history (including efforts to identify people in photos if owners cannot do so). However, if the creator of the photo retains ownership (according to the most strict interpretations of copyright law) and many people "own" snapshots that they did not actually create--and may not even know who created them, what legal predicament could we get ourselves into? It seems to me that if we obtain permission to scan and also agree to use only for noncommercial and educational purposes, we could build a database of local photos--without requiring that people transfer to us the actual photo (as many would want to retain the originals). In other words, we would agree to restrictions. We do not even have a web site and if we did, we would not post without attribution.

What issues have you encountered and what advice have you been given that allows you to create a digital archive?

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patty, Isn't that the throne that was up in the Odd Fellows building

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Bill said...

If you go by what the 1st comment said- which might be true- It is unlikely any genealogy or local history would ever see the light of day.

Keep up the great work, Patty!!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Patty said...

Indeed, it is from the Odd Fellows Building. At least that is what I was told by a local person. This blog was set up years ago and I have not heard from anyone in a long time on it. Thank you for your comments. By the way, I believe that the copyright has long since expired ont this photo. Also, since it was deeded to the Galesburg Public Library it belongs to the Library and can be posted by anyone wishing to share it.


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