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Luke Tingle August 15th, 2008 05:09 PM

Resources for Archival Footage? & Copyright Age Limits
 
I'm working on a documentary involving Western North Carolina and I'm in need of Archival Footage/images (pre-1940).
I have searched the Prelinger Archives and Creative Commons(not really archival) without much luck.

Anyone know of any good places to look for Archival Footage?

Also, isn't there a 50 year age limit on copyrights. Or Is this not always the case?

Peter Wiley August 16th, 2008 07:28 AM

Footage of what exactly? The right source would depend on the subject your are looking for.

One place to start: http://www.footage.net/index.aspx

This site has links to many of the major providers.

Jonathan Plotkin August 16th, 2008 08:32 AM

Here's a good resource for information on copyrights, including how long they last.

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use - Copyright FAQs

Steve House August 16th, 2008 09:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luke Tingle (Post 920910)
I'm working on a documentary involving Western North Carolina and I'm in need of Archival Footage/images (pre-1940).
I have searched the Prelinger Archives and Creative Commons(not really archival) without much luck.

Anyone know of any good places to look for Archival Footage?

Also, isn't there a 50 year age limit on copyrights. Or Is this not always the case?

Both the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress have images available.

Luke Tingle August 16th, 2008 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Wiley (Post 921058)
Footage of what exactly? The right source would depend on the subject your are looking for.

One place to start: http://www.footage.net/index.aspx

This site has links to many of the major providers.

Old B&W footage of forestry, Blue Ridge Parkway Development, family recreation, hunting, fishing, etc. I'm doing a kind of nature/historical documentary of a particular area in North Carolina.

I did some copyright/publc domain research after I posted and found out that public domain is anything but simple. I just assumed that anything "old" would be public domain....doh!

Thanks for the links everyone, I'll keep searching.

Josh Hayes April 14th, 2010 07:32 PM

re:
 
Silly question possibly but I haven't seen it directly answered just yet in the discussion above. If I go to the Library of Congress and get public domain photos and videos (in this case about The Great Depression), I can use them in my documentary even if it gets picked up by a studio down the line and released? It doesn't violate rights, or cost money, etc...?

Mark Williams April 14th, 2010 08:50 PM

Here are some resources for you.
Image Resources from the Government

USDA Forest Service - Caring for the land and serving people.

Extensive digitized U.S. Forest Service photo collection now available

US Forest Service Photographs

Science.gov topic Forest Science for user category All categories

Steve House April 15th, 2010 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Josh Hayes (Post 1514417)
Silly question possibly but I haven't seen it directly answered just yet in the discussion above. If I go to the Library of Congress and get public domain photos and videos (in this case about The Great Depression), I can use them in my documentary even if it gets picked up by a studio down the line and released? It doesn't violate rights, or cost money, etc...?

Truly public domain material is just that - ownded by the public and free of copyright restrictions on its use by anyone.


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