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Lobby Cards and Copyright

  1. Colin Quartermain profile image89
    Colin Quartermainposted 2 years ago

    Are lobby cards copyrighted?

    As they were originally promotional material, am I allowed to scan them and then use them?

    1. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting question.  I do not know a definitive answer but suspect they would be the same as movie posters which are generally safe to use.

      1. Colin Quartermain profile image89
        Colin Quartermainposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Many thanks for answering, I have tried searching on the web, but can't seem to find an answer set in stone.

        1. Writer Fox profile image58
          Writer Foxposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          If the Lobby Card was first published in the U.S. without a copyright notice prior to 1978, then it is not subject to copyright and anyone can use it for any purpose.

          After 1978, Lobby Cards are copyrighted.  However, they were issued for the purpose of publicity and, like publicity photos, no one is going to sue you if you use one (even for a bad review of a movie). 

          Laws in the UK are different.  For a Lobby Card printed in the UK, try to find it for sale on eBay and use that image with an eBay ad.

 
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