Considerations when printing 'existing negatives'

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Kimberly Anderson, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Kimberly Anderson

    Kimberly Anderson Member

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    What are they?

    I own about 20 4x4 glass-plate negatives from around 1890-ish. I think they're from the Portland, Oregon area, which is where I was living when I obtained them.

    I am printing one of them for the alt. print exchange, and some questions popped into my mind while printing them.

    How do I attribute them? Do I mention the era they're from? Do I mention they're glass-plate negatives? Do I just print and present them and not say anything? Clearly they're not my images, but now I own the negatives.

    Just some thoughts...this is the first time I've run into this dillemma.

    Thanks,
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    Attribute them as best you can, making clear they are not your negs, I'd say.
     
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    I've seen people attribute them as: Photo by Unknown, Copyright Michael Slade

    it indicates you own the intellectual rights to the image.

    IANAL: I believe copyright on prints is dated to the moment of the print's creation, not the negative.
     
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    Perfect. That's basically what I was lookin for also.

    Thanks.
     
  5. haris

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    But, author rights for particular image are on image, that is on negative or in this case glass plates. If no other contract is made, author rights are valid up to 70 years after authors death. Authors right are transferred to its heirs (children, etc...) if author have them in moment of death. Of course different countries have different laws, but usually is like I described.

    So, if glass plates are in your possesion, and you are owner of them, author and his/hers heirs still have their rights, oposite to owners rights you have Michael. But, as plates are made in 1890es, and if there is no other contracts or heirs of author, I think what jvarsoke said would be best way to go.

    So, like museums title images: Image title, year of making, author unknown, printed by Michael Slade year of printing, copyright Michael slade (if authors rights are not on other person by contract or authors heirs)