Monday, October 15, 2012
Images that are in the public domain (i.e. Victorian images) - can, say, Broderbund, claim rights to public domain images?
Thank you for your time.
Yes, Broderbund can claim rights to the images in their art galleries which were derived from public domain images.
Broderbund may have scanned them from original documents or purchased high resolution copies from a stock image service. They've likely added some touches, cleaned the images up and repaired them. They may have enhanced them to make the colors pop or rendered them in sepia for a vintage look.
In any event, the images you find in software galleries like Broderbund's Print Shop or PrintMaster are copyrighted by Broderbund.
You have three choices if you want free images you can use commercially in your artwork or crafting:
1. Find vintage books, cards, etc. in your attic, at flea markets, and see what your friends may have in their family mementos. Then do the image processing yourself ...