Selling Prints of old prints

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Allkindza
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:37PM
I've tried finding the answer to this question online but I guess I don't know what words to use to get my answer and was wondering if someone here might know. The question was raised as my wife was looking for the value of some old "steropticon" images from late 1800s and early 1900s. She found a site that was offering "prints" and even "digital" images of these cards for sale. I don't know if it is OK to name the site but it is VERY REPUATIBLE to say the least. I can say it is a large city public library system that was doing this. I would just like to know how this is done. I mean what is the law on copyright about selling PRINTS of older images or public domain images etc?

(Edited on 2013-02-01 17:41:51 by Allkindza)
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:51PM
I can't tell you much about the actual laws as such, but as far as iStock goes, we have quite a few people who have submitted scans here. I'm sure one of them can tell you the specifics, or maybe a passing member of the content team could tell you precisely what's ok, but I think it's books from pre 1885 (or thereabouts - I forget the exact date) that are basically out of copyright and therefore some can be scanned and submitted.
Allkindza
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 7:39PM

Thanks, that is kinda what I am asking but I was asking more general question about how a Library could sell PRINTS of older Prints, how do you determine copyright to do that?


*** Crickets **** Ok then.

(Edited on 2013-02-03 07:16:34 by Allkindza)
whitemay
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 4:34PM
Kelvin - it's 1884, for future reference.
kelvinjay
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 4:41PM
Ooh. I was close though.
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