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Re: Reproducing images and copyright

Thanks, Alex. Will look into what copyright permission from the database compiler might entail. It is hard enough tracking down database folks in the US (took me a long time to figure out who to contact at ProQuest, e.g.), so I imagine this will be even harder with Chinese companies. Obtaining the original and taking my own photo might be the easiest way to go, assuming the microfilm version is still in decent shape.

Thanks again!


Re: Reproducing images and copyright

Disclaimer: Not a lawyer! And did I mention, I'm not a lawyer?

You might need to be a little careful about:

2. Guangming ribao online database (photograph)

The original material is surely out of copyright, and was likely never covered (for the reasons Fabio mentioned). However, the database compiler may claim copyright on their reproduction of the material. Ideally you could obtain the original and make your own photo/scan. Alternatively, you can assert "fair use" by subjecting the image to critical commentary.

Oh, and I'm not a lawyer.

Re: Reproducing images and copyright

2 and 3 should be subject to Chinese copyright law, which did not exist until the 1980s. So common practice has been that everything before that period is considered to be copyright free. I reproduced a 1970s poster in my first book.
Even according to the law, copyright lasts only 50 years, I believe. You can check it here.


Reproducing images and copyright

Greetings folks,

I need to reproduce three images from the following sources (all from the mid-1950s) for an upcoming publication: 
1. Times of India online database via ProQuest (advertisement)
2. Guangming ribao online database (photograph)
3. Archived personal papers (Newspaper photograph that I personally clicked at the archive)

Re: Rural art during the Cultural Revolution

I found this booklet quite interesting:
Hebei renmin chubanshe (河北人民出版社) (eds), Nongcun meishu shouce [农村美术手册, Handbook for art in rural villages] (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe, 1975)
It has theory and examples, both for images, slogans and calligraphy that can be used
stefan landsberger


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