Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Copyright in Photographs

If it is possible, it would be great to get as much information as you can from the owner of the photograph – you can add this to your community group’s register of collections.

The two most critical questions are:

  • When was the photograph taken?
  • Who was the photographer?

Photograph copyright law is very complicated – it is governed by the ‘Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988’, and ownership can differ as photographs are considered ‘artistic works’ which have special conditions surrounding them.

For detailed information visit The National Archive information on Copyright, The Lawdit Reading Room’s Copyright For Photographs or become a Archives Ambassador for a free course.



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