Rights and Restrictions Information
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
Publication and other forms of distribution: May be restricted. The ACME archives was bought by CORBIS, which controlled the copying of ACME images physically housed in its archives in New York City. In 2016, CORBIS was, in turn, sold to Visual China Group (VCG), which arranged to have Getty Images be the exclusive distributor of CORBIS images outside of China.
Neither VCG nor Getty Images controls the copying of ACME images housed in the Library of Congress. However, any copyright held by ACME that is still current would now be owned by VCG, administered by Getty Images. Getty Images can be contacted at: http://www.gettyimages.com/customer-support
In an attempt to determine if ACME registered
any copyrights and if those copyrights were renewed, Specialists in the
Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress searched the
Copyright Office files. It was found that only a few images were registered
for copyright and those copyrights were not renewed. However, the Library’s legal office has advised the Division that photographs published with proper copyright notices 95 years ago or less up until 1963 may be protected if the copyright was properly renewed, while works published after 1963 and unpublished photographs
in the collection may be protected even if they were not registered with
the Copyright Office. (For a summary of copyright terms, see: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image - How Long Copyrights Last.)
Additionally, researchers should be advised that
determining the copyright status of photographs can be problematic because
of the lack of pertinent information, and researchers often have to make
calculated risk decisions concerning the appropriate use of an image
when its copyright status is unknown or ambiguous. Privacy and publicity
rights may also apply.
Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals.
Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held
camera copying, photoduplication and other
forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying.
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [Reproduction number e.g., LC-USZ62-123456].
For more information, please read: Copyright
and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image
Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Revised: Sept. 2017; April 2019.