Ralf W. Böpple writes:
Is it possible (that is, allowed under copyright and related laws) to use the photograph of a coin in an auction catalog as illustration in an article, with full and correct citation of course? Or is there a difference between an auction catalog and a scientific publication? Would the consent of the auction house be needed, and what happens if the auction house is no longer in existence?
I believe that the answer is yes - one should obtain permission from the auction house to reuse their images in a printed publication. It seems that most auction houses however, at least in the U.S., seem quite willing to give that permission as long as photo credit is given.
When the auction house is no longer in business permission must still be sought - someone out there is still the owner of that copyright. Often this is a successor firm to the one that produced the catalog, but it can be difficult to sort this out.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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