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Saturday, 28 February 2015 00:00

Getting Permission to Use Photos

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We also had to ask permission to use some photos from museums - such as from the National Archives. The image posted above is what the letters giving us permission to use a photo look like. This was interesting for us. We often think that we can use any image we want, particularly when its an old image made a long time ago. When the photo is so old it is no longer in copyright, the photo might still be owned by someone such as a museum and they require you to ask permission and to pay some money. I guess this is how libraries and museums make some money.

The first thing we had to do is find photos for our book and posters. Often the ones we found had a copyright. Our teacher would say "Do you have permission to use this?" If not then we had to find another. On the internet there are images with no copyright. We had to check this. Some are clearly marked as they are registered as "Creative Commons" licence.

We found that the National Library in New Zealand was a god source. many of the photos from WWI are out of copyright and are free to use. They have a very easy electronic download system. Our teacher had set up a RealMe login with the Alexander Turnbull library. With this the high resolution digital images could be downloaded. We did have to get some photos scanned, which meant they took a couple of weeks to come, but they came to use the same way.

The book and posters are going to look great. The posters form the students in France have arrived and they look different from ours. Within our classes our posters all look different as well. We need to improve the design of the posters a bit more. We need to make them look like they belong together as one exhibition. We also have a little bit of translating of sections on the posters to do. But we are almost running out of time as it all needs to go to the printer soon.

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