Copyright status where photographer is unknown
Hi Fae, I believe a long time ago I saw a page on Commons with advice on how to proceed in a case where a photographer is unknown, but where it is highly likely their death date exceeds a relevant threshold (e.g. 70 years). I have been trying to find that page ever since -- did I imagine it? If you could point me to some information on this point I'd really appreciate it, I run into this situation frequently and am never quite sure what to do. (For instance this photo, whose subject died in 1885.) -Pete F (talk) 21:47, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
- There are a couple of bundled points:
- "Unknown" can be argued from both sides. If a photographer's identity might become known, then the unknown rules may not apply as with sufficient research they might become named. I have had several images deleted on this precautionary basis, even when nobody had any suggestion as to how we might unearth the name of a photographer where there are no obvious records to check. This falls into our eternal debate about how to interpret "reasonable" effort or "significant" concern.
- "70 years" is a nominal period, primarily across Europe. However many countries are exceptions, both changing the 70 years into other terms, like 50 years, and adding variations depending on the medium. From time to time countries update their rules and even Europe's 70 years may change again one day. These need to be checked at COM:CRT.
- Hopefully the CRT page might be the one you are thinking of. --Fæ (talk) 11:55, 9 March 2014 (UTC)