The Use & Reproduction of Photographs Copyright Laws & Legal Issues


To ensure that your utilization of any image on this website, or obtained via a link on this website, is legal, please read the information on this page and the copyright information provided with each portrait. Also, for legal information on the use and reproduction of old photographs, see the excellent article written by Judith Russell:



Digital collections are available for research, teaching and learning. These collections are not all part of the public domain even though they have been made publicly accessible. Moreover, even if a collection is in the public domain you should still cite where it came from and/or credit the creator. For those collections under copyright protection, texts and images from the digital collections may not be used for any commercial purpose or beyond normal “fair use” guidelines without prior permission from the parties who own the copyright. Where copyright is of concern in any material in question, that right is owned either by the institution listed, or by the original creators of the object, or their descendants. Therefore, when using any of this material, it is your responsibility, as the user, to secure permissions and adhere to the stated access policy, copyright laws, and educational fair-use guidelines.



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