Usage of old photos from websites (Netherlands)

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I've found old photos of my ancestors on some websites, like this one. The websites are Dutch and the photos were made in the Netherlands, so everything is under Dutch law.

The photos were made between 1900 and 1930 and the author isn't mentioned. According to the Dutch Copyright Law (art. 38 Auteurswet), this means that copyright has expired after 70 years, so at last in 2000.

According to the Arrest Van Dale/Romme of the Dutch supreme court, you can only have copyright on a derived work if you add a personal touch. So this doesn't hold for scans of photos.

Can I use these photos on WikiTree?

ago in Photos by Koen van Hoof G2G Crew (940 points)

1 Answer

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Hi Koen,

Welkom op Wikitree!

Ik zou zeggen dat er geen bezwaar is, met in achtname van de bepalingen van de door jou geciteerde wet. Om het helemaal zeker te weten zou je natuurlijk contact kunnen opnemen met de betreffende websites, en sowieso bij gebruik van dergelijke foto's de bron citeren.


Welcome to Wikitree!

I would say that there is no objection, taking into account the provisions of the law cited by you. To be absolutely sure, you could of course contact the websites in question and quote the source when using such photos.

ago by Jan Terink G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
edited ago by Jan Terink
Bedankt! Ik zal dan wel eerst even contact opnemen met de website, zodat er geen gedoe ontstaat.

De bron te vermelden leek me inderdaad netjes om te doen, zelfs als het auteursrecht is verlopen.

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