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Photographs registered under the 1862 Fine Arts Copyright Act

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Photographs registered under the 1862 Fine Arts Copyright Act

Time: October 10, 2018 from 1pm to 1:45pm
Location: online
Event Type: free, webinar
Organized By: The National Archives
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2018

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The introduction of the 1862 Fine Arts Copyright Act was the first time that photographs and artworks enjoyed copyright protection under statutory law.
Photographic enthusiasts, as well as studios and professional photographers, all made use of the new act. Over the next 50 years some quarter million photographs and artworks were registered with descriptions. As a result of two major cataloguing projects, the last of these photograph descriptions have now been added to Discovery, our online catalogue.
This webinar will look at the background and introduction of the Act and highlight this unique collection of un-curated photographs depicting Victorian and Edwardian life and sensibilities.

This is an online only event.

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