- Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 4:21pm
- 18,354 posts
There a number of threads on Copyright, but a cursory glance tells me they are about protecting your work, what I want is people's views (Beaky? You are a cartoonist - your views would be invaluable, and I know you enjoyed the Punch cartoons) on posting cartoons and the like on the forum
This has now come up with me THREE times viz......
1/. Way back when I was scanning and posting Punch cartoons from a library of Edwardian Punch books I own, "somebody" suggested I may be infringing copyright, BUT as the Punch magazine no longer existed, I thought I would be on safe ground.
HOWEVER, just to be sure, I checked the web and in fact somebody owned the copyright and were selling Punch cartoons, so of course I decided to reappraise the situation and informed Aaron, and so, we decided to delete the entire thread, just to be on the safe side.
2/. Somebody (a different "somebody") else piped up and suggested I might be infringing copyright when I was posting the pages from a comedy writing course ("Written By") I did in the 1990s. As both the professional comedy script writers who put the course together and sold same, were long dead, I thought it would be OK.
Anyway, Aaron didn't seem to be bothered, but the warning was enough for me to stop there and then, which was a pity as quite a number of people were enjoying it and found it informative.
SO, we come to 3/., and this is the posting of "Saucy Seaside Postcards", that I have been doing since the beginning of this year.
I had a PM from "somebody" again, to warn me that I may well be infringing copyright, BUT my argument is I am only "reposting" what a postcard collector was putting up on Facebook. He has been doing it for some time now and hasn't been prosecuted it seems.
IF I had been copying them FROM a book, OR IF I published a book using them, then I could understand it, BUT I'm only posting for other people's enjoyment on here and am making no profit out of it.