Wednesday, August 20, 2008

At Wal-Mart, copyright lasts forever

In a followup to my post about a digital slider for copyright, a post on BoingBoing linked to a Flickr discussion about Wal-Mart not letting a customer scan family photos, some a hundred years old, because the employees believe that studio photography is under copyright forever.

tstamps says:

"Has anyone else run into this?

Several times I have heard of people attempting to get (family) photos copied at Wal-Mart and refused because they were "copyrighted" - because they were made by a photograph studio. Even if the person who OWNS the copyright were to ask a Wal-Mart photo manager to copy it, they would refuse. They misinterpret the word "copyright" to mean "copywrong," That is to say: Copy?..... wrong!...

A cousin just informed me that a one-of-a-kind rare photo of my grandfather and grandparents was in his collection, and is over 100 years old. Unfortunately he only had time to stop at Wal-Mart and will be on vacation for the next two or three weeks.

He was informed by the Wal-Mart "genius" that since the photo was taken by a studio, it was "copyrighted" which "meant it was not allowed to be copied" by anyone, at any time, period."

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