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Tom Cullen
01-25-2009, 9:05 PM
The newly issued official picture of president Obama, is that copy right protected? you know ...the one you see in VFW halls and the like. If it is , can I cut him out of the background and add him to a colage ? would that void the copy right?

jeff begin
01-26-2009, 12:59 AM
No, all works by the US federal government are considered public domain. You're free to use it.

One of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen was snapped by a fire specialist working for the US Forest Service. Odds are he would have made a good amount of money by licensing it, but he was a federal employee on the job, so that picture too is considered public domain: http://www.geocities.com/everwild7/montana.html

(Finally! A SMC question that I can answer rather than ask.)

Tom Cullen
01-26-2009, 1:16 AM
Thanks Jeff.....WOW! that is some photo.


Bill Cunningham
01-27-2009, 9:39 PM
MMmmmm Roast Elk!!!

Bill Petersen
01-27-2009, 10:04 PM
That is an absolutely amazing photo. What a shame it's not hi-res.