I came across a picture in the Internet(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7985793/Jesus-seen-in-telephone-pole.html), which I would like to include on the cover of the novel I am in the process of self-publishing with Xlibris. I have tried to find out if this picture has been copyrighted, but all I've learned on contacting The Daily Telegraph is that it was on U-tube. Before I try to learn how one goes about trying to access the origin of something on U-tube, I would like to know whether or not if items placed on U-Tube become "public domain." If not, how does one know if something on U-Tube has been copyrighted. In this general area, how does one know if an item placed on the internet (e.g., Wikepedia) has been copyrighted.
Country relating to Question: United StatesState (if USA): PennsylvaniaWhat have you tried so far?: Tried contacting the journalist (XXXX XXXXX)listed below the photo, after receiving feedback from the Daily Telegraph.
no, placing items on Youtube does not make them public domain (and does not affect their copyright status)
the general rule is to presume all materials are copyrighted (and they are for the most part) unless there is a specific indication otherwise, such as it being specifically put in the public domain or an expired copyright etc
obviously research is required, but in many cases it is hard or impossible to get the information or get in touch with the copyright owner
How does one go about finding out the source (i.e., owner of the copyright) when there is no indication where it originated?
if there is no indication at all, and there is no name or title to search for, then there is not much you can do
but you should check out the Public Copyright Catalog
....but again you will need some criteria to search on
In the related area, if someone obtains information in the internet by inserting key words in a search window, is information obtained likely to be copyrighted? Is everything in Wikepedia copyrighted?
the information itself is not copyright protected
only the particular writing
so you could take the info and put it in your own words
copyright protects the original & creative expression, not the underlying data/facts
BS, MS, JD
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