[Foundation-l] PD in Israel

Birgitte SB birgitte_sb at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 27 16:56:07 UTC 2007

US copyrights continue even after a work enters the
public domain in its native jurisdiction.  It is not a
special US-Israel treaty but a standard US copyright
issue.  This is problematic on many levels.


Birgitte SB

--- Yoni Weiden <yonidebest at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> We (he.wiki community) have heard there is a problem
> with PD images which
> were created after 1946.
> According to Israeli law, pictures are released to
> public domain 50 years
> from the day the picture was taken. This means that
> images that any picture
> that was taken by an Israeli before 1957 is in PD in
> Isreal. I understand
> that because of some sort of convention between
> Israel and the US, this rule
> does not apply in the US (i.e. pictures that were
> taken between 1946 and
> 1957 are PD in Israel but not PD in the US.
> Thus:
> 1) Is this true? Can a copyright expert with
> expertise in Israeli law and US
> law confirm this?
> 2) If this is true, the commons template
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-Israel
> should be fixed.
> 3) If this is true, I wonder why commons created PD
> templates for each
> country, is the coutry that count is only the US. If
> an picture need to be
> PD in US, what does it matter if it is PD in other
> coutries. And if it does
> matter - than Template:PD-Israel should *not* be
> changed.
> Thanks,
> Yoni
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