Re: Requests for photographs

Ron Kley

Quite apart from the issue of whether, or how much to charge, historical organizations should pay more attention to whether they actually own the copyright to photos that may be in their collection. Legal ownership of a photo (i.e., by way of a signed deed of gift document)does NOT automatically include ownership of the copyright unless that copyright has been specifically conveyed along with the physical print, negative, slide, film or whatever.
As a pragmatic matter, you can probably get away with selling copies of old photos at least 99% of the time. It’s that 100th time that has the potential to bite you where it hurts.

Ron Kley