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The Commons: public photos with "no known copyright restrictions"

Poster for a side show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC) - no known copyright restrictionsThe Commons, a pilot project launched last January based on the principle of "no known copyright restrictions", is gaining a very positive response. This partnership involving The Library of Congress and Flickr has two main goals: to increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge.

Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos are being made available on the new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

The Library of Congress and other participating institutions may have various reasons for determining that "no known copyright restrictions" exist, such as:

1. The copyright is in the public domain because it has expired;
2. The copyright was injected into the public domain for other reasons, such as failure to adhere to required formalities or conditions;
3. The institution owns the copyright but is not interested in exercising control; or
4. The institution has legal rights sufficient to authorize others to use the work without restrictions.

Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos are being made available on the new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

More information is available on the Library’s Website and on its FAQ page.

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