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Luminous-Lint strongly believes in protecting the rights of photographers and all those creating original content.
Contributions of text and images by others to this site - Contributors retain all copyrights over any material they submit to be included. An exception may be when submitting textual content that requires future modification by others and if you want to talk about this we'll be happy to.
Simply put Luminous-Lint doesn't want to take any credit or claim legal ownership for your labors.

Digital surrogates and copyright - If the copyright of an item has expired it is in the public domain. Some organisations attempt to extend copyright by taking a photograph or a scan of the object thereby making a digital surrogate and claim fees based upon the copyright for that. As there is no creativity in this process it is treated the same as a "fact" and is not copyrightable in the same way that the fact "Abraham Lincoln was an American President" can not be copyrighted. This has been tested in America by the Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp., 36 F. Supp. 2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) case and dismissed and subsequent jurisprudence has ruled that the cost and time of making the surrogates is not a consideration as it is a "slavish copy". International copyright law is not straight forward but attempts to extend copyright by creating digital surrogates without intervening creativity appears a dubious practise and goes against the requirements of art history and research.
Luminous-Lint does not pay for the right to use images that are out of copyright. It would pay if it required high-quality photographs or scans to be specifically created for Luminous-Lint or for specified research to be carried out. This situation has never arisen as the photo-history community overwhelmingly recognises and appreciates the non-commercial service provided by Luminous-Lint.

The intention of this site is to provide detailed information on photography to you but it can only do that if it is used appropriately and supported by you.
In the case that a photographer is having an issue with copyright on the Internet and seeks the advice of Luminous-Lint to assist we will do everything we reasonably can to help to publicize any cases of fraudulent use or misrepresentation. We will also put warnings on this site to alert buyers of potential issues as illegal use of images damages the entire photographic community.
If you have a special use in mind please contact me directly - my aim is to help encourage people interested in photography and I will help where I can.
Luminous-Lint respects the intellectual property of others and we ask our users to do the same. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512 or other international laws and treaties, Luminous-Lint has designated an agent to receive notifications of alleged copyright infringement:
Attention: Copyright Agent
Box 33055
Quinpool RPO
Halifax NS B3L 4T6
If you wish to notify Luminous-Lint of an alleged copyright infringement, or if you are the valid copyright owner to a logo or graphic image in use by Luminous-Lint (whether submitted by you or a third party), you may contact Luminous-Lint as set forth above and request that Luminous-Lint remove such materials. All such requests must include:
  • Contact information for you, including name address, telephone number and/or email address;
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you wish to have removed from Luminous-Lint's website(s) (the "Material");
  • A description of where the Material is located on the Site for logos, such description should include an image file name and/or URL link associated with the logo
  • A statement by you that you are the copyright owner of the Material or have been expressly authorized to make the request on behalf of the copyright owner; and
  • An electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner of the Material or a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
Failure to include all of the information above may result in the inability to process your request and/or fully remove the Materials from Luminous-Lint's website(s).
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