Originally Posted by alanrockwood
processing the film+printing it has nothing to do with its creation.
creating a photograph happens in a camera with film or paper,
not in the darkroom with an enlarger.
for copyright laws to be enforced, in the usa at least, the images
have to be registered with the copyright office, or it is not easy to declare ownership / creatorship
and if there is an issue, you won't be able to get a judge to hear the case. registration is needed.
if the film was abandoned / orphaned you might have a chance because of new laws
that suggest if you look for the owners and can't find them
you can use their work without consent ...
i'm no lawyer either so take my comments with a grain of salt as well ...