My knowledge of copyright law is limited, but surely if the BBC
creates a photograph of an object which is in the public domain, they
still own the copyright to the photograph?

On Jan 29, 2:21 pm, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
> Undoubtably some of them will be public domain - those for which the  
> author died over 70 years ago - but it tends to be troublesome to  
> find out when the author did die. Others, especially any audio/video,  
> will still be copyrighted by the author. Assuming the authors are  
> still alive, we'd need to get their permission to release them under  
> a free license (we're a bit stuck with those where the author died  
> less than 70 years ago, though, unless anyone's any good at  
> necromancy...)
>
> Either way, there are a lot of cases where it will be non-trivial to  
> find out the copyright status, and it would be good if we could work  
> with the BBC to establish them.
>
> Mike
>
> On 29 Jan 2009, at 13:44, AndrewRT wrote:
>
>
>
> > Thanks for posting this Mike. I'm not clear if they're retaining
> > copyright for the paintings - presumably if they are we couldn't just
> > copy them into Commons?
>
> > On Jan 29, 9:29 am, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
> >> This might be worth investigating. The BBC might put the content
> >> online in high-resolution form, so we could just grab a copy, but it
> >> might be simpler / quicker / better publicity if we could get them to
> >> 'donate' a copy to Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.
>
> >> Mike
>
> >> Begin forwarded message:
>
> >>> From: James Forrester <jdforres...@gmail.com>
> >>> Date: 29 January 2009 00:03:12 GMT
> >>> To: Communications Committee <wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> >>> Subject: [Wmfcc-l] Tangential press: "BBC to put nation's oil
> >>> paintings online"
> >>> Reply-To: Communications Committee <wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org>
>
> >>>http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/28/bbc-digitalmedia
>
> >>> We're not mentioned, but (a) good news, and (b) WMUK may want to  
> >>> play
> >>> in (snag a complete dump for Commons?).
>
> >>> Random thought. Sorry not very well thought-out. :-)
>
> >>> Yours,
> >>> --
> >>> James D. Forrester
> >>> jdforres...@wikimedia.org | jdforres...@gmail.com
> >>> [[Wikipedia:User:Jdforrester|James F.]]
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