--- i_odlin <i_odlin@...
> --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Rebecca
> <bekkamom2001@...> wrote:
> > I suppose why I am posting this is: Am I off base?
> > this a crazy idea or a truly useful one? Should I
> > scrap it now before I invest the time (to find,
> > categorize, and sort the images) and money to
> > these?
> It would be very useful. It is also very, very
> unlikely -- sadly --
> that it could be done.
> Copyright law is an ugly and dangerous subject, and
> I highly suggest
> you sit down with an international copyright
> specialist (or two)
> before taking a single step further down this path.
> Despite the original authors and artists being
> deceased for centuries
> (or millennia), modern museums and trusts are mostly
> of the
> opinion that if the item is in their possession,
> they have the
> inalienable right to say how, when and if you can
> use depictions of
> it. And, more to the heart of the matter, that they
> can charge you
> for it. Often extravagantly.
> Perhaps this will inspire me to finally write that
> book review of
> "Medieval Building Techniques" by Gunther Binding;
> horribly and
> fatally ham-strung by this very problem...
> -Iain of Malagentia
Actually, m'lord, I am in discussions with a large
organization that has fine art images available for
licensing. Since many of the projects they provide
images for are educational, they are willing to give
me a large number of image licenses for a lump sum. I
AM following copyright law. I will likely contact
specific museums if I need a specific image not
available with the larger service I am currently
I am quite aware of copyright, and intend to make sure
I pay for the rights. That the main reason why I
cannot do this for free. While the image source I have
is willing to cut me a price break because I am a
small producer of a very limited run intended mostly
for research and education, I do still have to pay for
the right to use their images.