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I should like to ask about the copyright issues as I am completely ignorant of them. Is it acceptable to post anything one can find on the Web, like those wonderful photos from LIFE or book covers from bookshops or any other Maughamiana from auctions?
Daniel, those old paperbacks are terrific! My first contribution would be one of them. No copyright issues here for sure as I own the volume.
I will be adding such info to the people - photos I've put on this site.
Here's some background to the issue. LT has recently adopted a much more liberal policy than it had, and one consistent with general usage on the net. Specifically, the LT administrators do not want to be in the position of having to police each photo (lacking the time, resources, and personel for a site with > 1.2 million contributors). That leaves it to we users to indicate where a photo is from. Of course if LT received a legal objection on a given photo, then it could be removed. In addition, newly posted photos are reviewed by volunteering LT members, so that egregious violations can be caught. For those with fortitude, here is a complete discussion
Are photos of actresses from Maugham's plays acceptable? I have few beloved ones which I'd like to add. Wikipedia will be properly acknowledged.
I've yet to seek out sources (for copyright info) for the photos I put here; maybe this weekend. But unlike author photos, the ones posted in groups are not much noticed by the helpers at LT. I realize there's a principle involved in the copyright issue, especially for the Life Magazine ones I copied, and the legalities are still catching up with the realities. More and more, it seems like photos on the internet are viewed as common property. I know of a certain professional journal who "borrowed" a photo (not of a person) for their cover, when they couldn't determine where it originated.