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Re: Colorado Narrow Gauge Color Slides from 1975

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  • LARRY KLOSE
    There s some misstatements and hazardous generalities here. US copyright law declares that all original expressions of art, photos, sound, etc. memorialized in
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 2, 2012
      There's some misstatements and hazardous generalities here.

      US copyright law declares that all original expressions of art, photos,
      sound, etc. memorialized in fixed form are copyrighted. No notices,
      registration, etc. are necessary. Marks and notification (e.g. "c" in a
      circle) may once have been required for some kinds of protection, but no
      longer.

      Items created since the latest changes to the copyright law are protected
      for 89 years, IIRC, for the owner or its assignee(s). Earlier creations may
      have been protected for shorter periods, may have required renewal and could
      be subject to other restrictions. There's a chart on the US Copyright
      office web site that sets out what protections and time periods apply to
      various works, based on the date of their creation (or sometimes, first
      publication) and the effective date of the various enactments and amendments
      to the law. Old slides or other photos may or may not be protected,
      depending on how these various factors apply.

      Registration is not required to validate copyright. Registration does give
      the owner some important rights including a presumption of copyright
      ownership, attorney's fees in successful litigation, statutory damages (no
      need to prove actual damage as with unregistered works) and other legal
      benefits.

      The US Copyright office web site has lots of accurate information about
      copyright which is much more reliable than presumption or guesses about how
      copyright works. Missing something important can cost a copyright violator
      _lots_ of money so it's worth studying.

      There are a few exceptions to copyright protection, such as "fair use." see
      the Copyright web site for an explanation but recall that the definition is
      vague in many areas and has often needed high-stakes litigation to resolve.

      This is a brief, general summary and is not legal advice. Consulting with a
      copyright/intellectual property attorney is advisable before distributing
      anything of doubtful status. Copyright is a very complex area and expert
      help in advance can save a lot of grief--and money.

      Larry

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      <Once saved in this manner then....Try to find out if the slides are
      copyrighted. Several sources, especially Al Chione make a lot of color
      slides from the late 1930's on available over the past several decades.
      Slides by Richard Kindig, Richard Jackson and others. These slides were sold
      in sets. Are there any markings on the slides? Are they original slides or
      copies? If original then less likely they are copyrighted.

      Do you have any idea who took the slides. How many slides? The history of
      the slides? Do you have any documentation dating the slides, location,
      photographer? (There are many folks out here who can assist in
      documentation.) Is the date on the slides? Any idea how far back they go? Or
      are they all taken from around 1975?

      If Copyrighted then you cannot distribute them. If not, then once scanned
      they can easily be placed on a DVD and sold at a fee to cover your costs and
      time. >
    • Jeff Lucas
      Thank you so much for sharing these terrific slides! They are very helpful as references for modeling work. Jeff Lucas Community Development Services (CDS)
      Message 2 of 6 , Mar 5, 2012
        Thank you so much for sharing these terrific slides! They are very helpful
        as references for modeling work.



        Jeff Lucas

        Community Development Services (CDS)

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        Glenhaven, CA 95443

        707-998-9203, ext. 104 - office

        707-489-4943 cell

        707-998-9209 fax

        jefflucas@...

        GO BEARS!





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