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We were given free access to the photographs, all from over

100 years ago, from a... Show More
100 years ago, from a family and were allowed to copy these. We now want to use them in a publication. Do we need to ask their permission?
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Who took he photos and when did they die?
Customer reply replied 4 years ago.

Almost certainly they were taken by a variety of different people, but we just do not know. Please assume that they all died 70 years ago, and advise on this basis

70 years is actually the longest period for which copyright exists under English law. So if they dies 70 or more years ago you will now be able to use the photographs without fear of being sued for copyright breach.

This is the position under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Hope this clarifies the position for you.