File:The Munsters Cast 1964.jpg

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Publicity photo of television actors, (sitting; L–R) Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Beverley Owen, (standing; L–R) Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis promoting their roles on the CBS comedy series The Munsters.

Date Press-information on photo is dated October 3/4, 1964
News-agency date stamp is April 27, 1965
Source eBay item photo front photo back
Author CBS Television Network.
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  • The photo has no copyright markings on it as can be seen in the links above (also see original upload).
  • It was created for publicity purposes-distribution to the media. The image was meant to bring attention and publicity for the personalities pictured, the program he/she was part of, and the network airing it, the same as the publicity photos for actors and actresses in the film industry were intended to do.

Film production expert Eve Light Honthaner in The Complete Film Production Handbook, (Focal Press, 2001 p. 211.):

"Publicity photos (star headshots) have traditionally not been copyrighted. Since they are disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain, and therefore clearance by the studio that produced them is not necessary."
"There is a vast body of photographs, including but not limited to publicity stills, that have no notice as to who may have created them." (The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook By Nancy E. Wolff, Allworth Communications, 2007, p. 55.)
Creative Clearance-Publicity photos
"Publicity Photos (star headshots) older publicity stills have usually not been copyrighted and since they have been disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain and therefore there is no necessity to clear them with the studio that produced them (if you can even determine who did)."
  • United States Copyright Office page 2 "Visually Perceptible Copies The notice for visually perceptible copies should contain all three elements described below. They should appear together or in close proximity on the copies.
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current13:12, 13 September 2012Thumbnail for version as of 13:12, 13 September 20122,115 × 2,645 (2.55 MB)Crakkerjakk (talk | contribs)Aspect ratio fix (using other images from the same photo-shoot to re-align faces to correct dimensions)
02:04, 2 September 2012Thumbnail for version as of 02:04, 2 September 20122,115 × 2,645 (2.37 MB)Crakkerjakk (talk | contribs)Photo has been cropped, color-corrected and retouching performed to eliminate the most significant damage and/or alterations made to it by the news-agency. Previous upload was to establish dating and that there are no copyright marks on the image.
02:02, 2 September 2012Thumbnail for version as of 02:02, 2 September 20124,856 × 2,984 (7.23 MB)Crakkerjakk (talk | contribs){{Information |Description=Publicity photo of television actors, (sitting; L–R) Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Beverley Owen, (standing; L–R) Yvonne De Carlo and [...
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