Can I include an image of a newspaper from 1920's?

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I have a couple of images of newspaper articles from an American newspaper in 1925.  Can anyone advise if I am allowed to post those?  I'm not familiar enough with copyright rules to know if this is ok or not.  Thanks!
in Policy and Style by Karen Harbert G2G6 Mach 2 (26.8k points)
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1923 is the magic date: any newspaper article published in 1923 and prior is out of copyright. 1925 without a copyright notice in the paper is also fair game. The problem is determining if there was such a notice. You'd have to investigate to see if that were the case. Is the newspaper in question still published? If not, the article is fair game. IF there was a copyright AND it was renewed, it would expire 95 years after publication. So your article, under the strictest rule, would become fair game in 2020.

See this article for a more in-depth discussion of this topic.

by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
selected by Karen Harbert
Thank you!  Unfortunately, all I have is a scanned clipping so I'm not sure which newspaper it came from, but I'll see if I can figure it out.  It was a small town so the possibilities should be pretty limited on where the story would have been published.
A scanned clipping of a newspaper article is always fair use.  Scan it.  Post it.  No worries.

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