Copyright issues can be a scary thing to deal with when it comes to research and/or presentations whether it be for digital history or not. Thankfully when working with my project materials I don’t necessarily have to deal with copyright problems because I am using newspapers from over 100 years ago. However, there are some things that I am allowed to use but also that I don’t want people to take from my website without giving credit for it.
My project will deal with a lot of newspaper articles. Those are easy to find online and elsewhere and, therefore, it does not bother me if other people use those for their research and other things. There is one illustration, however, that I am weary of people stealing for their own use. It is a picture from a French magazine illustrating the “Ritual Sacrifice” that was an explanation of the ax murders at the time. This image is not easily obtainable online (even if you google it it doesn’t come up). I didn’t realize the problem that I was facing until I read “Owning the Past.” They describe the love hate relationship that web users have with copyright laws through their example of the book on buying/selling a house. On one end the book describes to sellers to be weary of buyers and on the other end it tells buyers to be weary of the sellers. I have to use the copyright laws to my benefit so people don’t use the picture without giving credit but I also have to fight the laws in order to use the picture in the first place. It can be very frustrating to deal with.
When looking for a copyright law to use for my project I am torn between a few things. Should I allow user to alter the images? Should I allow for commercial uses? Since I am the first person to put this picture out in public I am nervous to pick the wrong copyright law. Nervous me wants to not let people edit and also not let people use it commercially, to do this I would use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. The me that wants everyone to love and use my website want to allow all the things to happen like the Attribution license allows. I’m still not sure which one I will use. I’ll probably have to consult the person who gave me the image to see which license he is comfortable with using.