June 2014 – Bef & Aft

And so we enter into the month of June. 25 days in and I’ve made it thus far. To make this site more user friendly I am setting up a new page for each month. Nothing like a challenge to keep you committed and focused. Whilst I’m honing my colourisation skills I am also enjoying the historical aspect of this project. The research involved has taken me off on many tangents.

Choosing the subject for each day has also been a bit of a challenge. Much relies on the availability of unlicensed photos. Hence you’ll find a lot of film and TV celebrities amongst my subjects. Publicity stills are generally in the public domain and are open slather if they were published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

Different countries… different rules. A very useful guide to the vexed question of copyright can be downloaded in PDF format from the Cornell University site. In Australia, a photograph is deemed in the public domain when its term of copyright has expired. According to the Australian Copyright Council (ACC), copyright generally has expired after a period of 70 years. However…

  • Any work that was published in the lifetime of the author who died before 1 January 1955, is out of copyright.
  • Any work that was published in the lifetime of the author who died after 31 December 1954, will be out of copyright 70 years after the author’s death.

 

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