Friday 26 December 2008

The reporting of eBay sales of armorial items.

The owner of this weblog has been asked, by a vendor, to remove some images of items sold on eBay and has declined to do so. Sellers ought to be familiar with UK copyright laws and should therefore already be aware that under UK copyright the following acts are allowed:
"Fair dealing is a term used to describe acts which are permitted to a certain degree without infringing the work, these acts are:

Private and research study purposes.
Performance, copies or lending for educational purposes.
Criticism and news reporting.
Incidental inclusion.
Copies and lending by librarians.
Acts for the purposes of royal commissions, statutory enquiries, judicial proceedings and parliamentary purposes.
Recording of broadcasts for the purposes of listening to or viewing at a more convenient time, this is known as time shifting.
Producing a back up copy for personal use of a computer program.
Playing sound recording for a non profit making organisation, club or society.
(Profit making organisations and individuals should obtain a license from the Performing Rights Society.)"

NOTE that included in the above list of allowed acts is that of criticism and news reporting. All images pertaining to items sold on eBay are used to report the sale of those items and are therefore used, self evidently, under the terms of criticism and news reporting.

The owner of this weblog considers that the sale of armorial items are of newsworthy interest to his readers and is pleased to report all such sales as and when they come to his attention.

Confirmation of arms to Alexander Dunsmure

Image from a document reported, by this weblog on August 9th 2008, as being sold on eBay. "Described (erroneously) as a Victorian Grant of arms, the document appears to be a confirmation of arms (now quartered) by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of arms. The document sold for £103".

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