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New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (April 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available.  This issue contains the third article in our Research Paper Series -- Joseph W. Esherick, "The CCP in the 1930s: The View from Defectors' Declarations ((脱离共党宣言)."
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Xinhua's PhotoMall question

Someone asked us (via twitter) if any PRC historians have experience using Xinhua's PhotoMall.  Can any H-PRC members respond?

If you're on twitter, you can reply @prchistory

You can also reply to this list, and we'll share any info with the questioner!



Re: Foreign Ministry Archives open again?

I haven't tried to go myself, but I received a report from a friend in January 2017 claiming it was open.

The gist of the report is that the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive re-opened on December 1, 2016. However, only the fonds of two Foreign Ministry departments are apparently available: the protocol department (117) and the international organizations division (113). Other fonds are still undergoing review. In addition, the archive is not providing any printing services.

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)


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