Photography, copyright, and the South Kensington experiment

Ronan Deazley

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Reviews the development of UK copyright law in the 19th century concerning photographs of works of art in public collections. Discusses the project at South Kensington Museum to sell photographs of works of art to the public at cost price, and the introduction of copyright protection for original photographs under the Fine Arts Copyright Act 1862. Considers the parliamentary debates on whether photography was worthy of copyright protection. Examines whether lessons should be learned now that digital technology offers the opportunity to improve public access to works of art.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293
Number of pages311
JournalIntellectual Property Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • copyright
  • copyright history
  • copyright policy
  • history of photography


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