Public Domain Images Remain In The Public Domain (USA)

From http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/INTELLECTUALPROPERTY/cybrscen.htm :

c. A recent case finds that photographs of public domain works that are meant to do no more than faithfully reproduce those works are not protected by copyright. The Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd. v. Corel Corporation, 1998 WL 790917 (S.D.N.Y.). So, if any of her photographs are of public domain works, even if the later published reproductions claim copyright protection, they may nonetheless be reproduced and distributed by anyone without permission.

This is important for the redistribution of photographs of public domain type specimens in the USA.

(Via the most excellent Deborah Taylor-Pearce of ID-Cafe fame)

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The Public Domain Images Remain In The Public Domain (USA) by David Crossland, except the quotations and unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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