[WikiEN-l] Copyright question

Philip Welch wikipedia at philwelch.net
Tue May 9 01:03:32 UTC 2006

On May 6, 2006, at 7:24 AM, Guettarda wrote:

> If you have unpublished photographs taken by a deceased relative  
> which you
> wish to use on Wikipedia, how would you license them?  Assuming  
> that you
> have survivor rights or permission from other heirs of the  
> photographer,
> would it be possible to release them under the GFDL or cc by sa?   
> If they
> 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)?   
> I'm
> assuming here that the photographs are otherwise unpublished, and  
> were taken
> recently enough/the person was alive recently enough that they  
> would still
> 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  
see fit.

Philip L. Welch

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