using old / vintage photos for stock?

anyone know what the policy is for using vintage photos? in particular vintage photos with people. I have acquired a large box of family photos [+1500]. many of these are from the 1930's - 1950's. most are of my grandmother and grandfather and family members. There are some of my grandparents that I think would make for good vintage style stock. even though my grandparents have passed on [ have been for many years] would I still need a release? if so, why, and what kind of release?

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July 25, 2011


What if the photos were taken more than 75 years ago? If there are no people in them, don't they belong in the public domain?

September 04, 2007


if figured that would be the case. thanks for all your help.

September 03, 2007


If the photos were taken by your grandmother or grandfather then you need a property release. If they are dead, then you need a property release from the family that entitles you to use the images, Either way, if your grandparents did nor sign any paper of property release neither to you not to any other member of your family, then it is quite difficult as you need a paper, with signature and with legal liability, to use your grandparents photos.

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