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Topic: Rules of acquiring vintage images/posters/memorabilia
Message: Posted by: eatonmagic (May 29, 2013 12:49PM)

I was hoping someone could help point me in the right direction. I am needing to acquire hi-res images such as vintage posters, or any billing pieces. I am working with a company doing an educational format and we will be using these for displays. What are the rules or laws for obtaining such articles? Also, could anyone send me a link for a good resource?

Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Jun 10, 2013 03:43AM)
Well, you should be aware that some images are in fact protected. As an example, if you have a very rare magic poster or photograph that appeared in a book and you and your group comes along and uses that same image (I'm just using this as an example), I think the owner of that item could sue unless you could prove your source for that original image. This actually happened when one unethical publisher tried to rip off another publisher.

You might want to talk with someone like Mike Caveney.

I would say, however, that if your group isn't willing to offer some compensation for this service, then maybe you should not move forward with this project.

Over the years I've turned down a few requests here and there because I wasn't going to give the bank away for free so I could help others make even more money on my behalf.

Wish you all the best.

Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jun 10, 2013 07:58PM)
You may want to contact Norm Nielsen. I believe him to be one of the experts on the subject...and a collection to die for. Plus, he sells quality reproductions, so obviously knows a lot about the uses you are asking about.
Good luck!

Message: Posted by: Rampage (Oct 17, 2013 08:28PM)

Maybe this site will be helpful for you.