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wickball
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From: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 04-22-2007 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wickball   Click Here to Email wickball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Group,

I just had something interesting happen to me. I came across a photo on the Apollo Archive site, in the image gallery, of the Apollo 7 crew next to a model of the Saturn 1B, a model I just finished building myself. I thought it would be nice to have this photo displayed next to my Saturn, downloaded it, took it up to Walmart to have a nice 5x7 printed out. I went to pick it up and they would not give it to me without a signed copyright authorization.

This caught me by surprise as I thought it would be OK to print since I was able to downloaded from that site.

I could use guidance here.

Thanks,
wick

Robert Pearlman
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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-22-2007 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ApolloArchives.com is a privately owned site but most, if not all the photos they display there were taken by and for NASA. Go back to Walmart and tell them that the photo is by NASA, a government agency, for which no copyright is asserted. You can point them to this website for more information:

Using NASA Imagery and Linking to NASA Web Sites

GACspaceguy
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From: Guyton, GA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 04-22-2007 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had this happen to me many times. The best thing to do is to take a paper copy of the link that Robert posted. They will be able to keep that on file and if it comes up again they should have it. The only proplem with that is due to the employee turn over at Walmart sometimes it is all new folks and no one knows what you are talking about. That's why I keep a copy in my glove box :-)

wickball
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From: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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posted 04-22-2007 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wickball   Click Here to Email wickball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Robert, I appreciate it. I didn't think I was doing anything wrong.
wick

mdmyer
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From: Humboldt KS USA
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 04-22-2007 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here. I had to make a 20 mile round trip home just to print the copyrights material from the webpage. They glanced at it and gave me my photos.

Mike

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