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At an auction I received 1000 photographic slides by a national geographic photographer. I.want to sell these slides online, but I am concerned about copyright issues. I called the photographer. But he didn't call back.

Lawyer's Assistant: What written documentation do you have?

I just have the slides and Bill of puchase from auction. This is the second time they have been sold.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?

No

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IP Lawyer: Lorens35, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Are you looking to sell the slides, themselves, or reproduce the images on the slides and sell those reproduced images?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I want to sell some slides themselves and a few make reproductions.
IP Lawyer: Lorens35, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Thank you for the additional information.

The sale of actual slides you lawfully own is not a problem. Each slide is like owning an original piece of art and you, as an owner, always have the right to sell your personal property. It is a basic right of ownership.

With regard to reproducing the images for sale, that is a different story.

You will need permission of the owner of the copyright to sell reproductions of the original artistic expression. That may or may not be the photographer.

If the photographer is not responding, you may want to contact National Geographic. If the photographer was working for them then they may own the copyright and reproduction rights for licensing.

If not, they may be able to refer you to a manager or agent for the photographer who can help you.

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