On 5/9/06, Philip Welch <wikipedia(a)philwelch.net> wrote:
On May 6, 2006, at 7:24 AM, Guettarda wrote:
If you have unpublished photographs taken by a
wish to use on Wikipedia, how would you license them? Assuming
have survivor rights or permission from other heirs of the
would it be possible to release them under the GFDL or cc by sa?
were taken by, say, your grandfather, and there is nothing in his will
dealing with "other stuff", would you have to get permission from
all of his
surviving children, or their heirs (if the children are deceased)?
assuming here that the photographs are otherwise unpublished, and
recently enough/the person was alive recently enough that they
be covered by copyright.
My understanding is that if you're the heir, you inherit all
property, including intellectual property, and can do with it as you
Yes, this is a question about inheritance law, not copyright law.
Whoever inherits the copyright owns that intellectual property. The
time during which the property exists is (in most jurisdictions)
affected by the date that the creator died, but the existence of the
property is otherwise unaffected. So the question really is, who
inherited the copyrights?