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    Copyright and trademark infringement

    Hello,
    I run a website that displays photos taken in the early 20th century that were taken from the National Archives in Washington, DC. I have been getting lots of requests from people asking me to make available these same images in a high resolution format so they can print or perhaps use them commercially in their own products or whatever it may be. I now want to sell higher resolution formats on my website.

    However, some of these photographs contain portraits of generals and other well-known figures (e.g. Doolittle, Eisenhower, Hitler, Bob Hope, etc) and I was wondering if I would be breaking any RIGHT OF PUBLICITY laws. Basically, i want to charge for the download of these images off my website, but I dont' want to be responsible for selling a photo that someone uses in a commercial project. If I were to put a disclaimer of some sort protecting me, am I still liable?

    Also, what about trademarks such as Coca-Cola? I have several 1930s/1940s era photographs that feature these logos but were taken from government employees and are in the public domain. Again, I just want to provide higher resolution copies of these photos for download and charge a fee.

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    SitePoint Wizard Lil_Red's Avatar
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    No one here can advise you. You'll need to sit down with a lawyer who is versed in laws pertaining to copyright regarding images in the National Archive.

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    Word Painter silver trophy Shyflower's Avatar
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    You are making a big mistake if you are assuming all images in the National Archives are in the public domain. Here is their page on copyright restrictions.
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