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Please note that the contents of this web site are protected by copyright and no part of the content of this web site may be copied by or sold to third parties or in any way commercially exploited without prior written consent of the webmaster - Cottingley Connect

Historical research takes up many painstaking hours over very many years. If you wish to include any of my research or copy any of my documents on to your website, please ask. Permission will not be withheld without good cause as long as an acknowledgement appears.

To those who have already used the said information or documents, please have the courtesy to place such an acknowledgement on your site. Thank you.


To Gerard Krupa who has patiently guided and aided me in the set up and maintenance of this site To my many friends who have allowed me to copy their precious photographs and news clippings. Other specific sources are acknowledged on the relevant pages.

The webmaster has made every reasonable effort to locate, contact and acknowledge copyright owners and asks to be informed by any copyright owners who are not properly identified and acknowledged on this website so that any necessary corrections may be made.

Copyright of Photographs before December 1945

Ownership of photographs taken before 1 January 1945
The only way in which copyright can exist for such photographs is where it has been revived. For such photographs, copyright would have expired on 31 December 1994 or earlier. However, if such a photograph was protected on 1 July 1995 in another European Economic Area (EEA) state under legislation relating to copyright or related rights, copyright would have been revived from 1 January 1996 to the end of the term applying to photographs taken on or after 1 January 1996. In deciding whether a photograph was protected in another EEA state, it is, of course, the law of that state which must be interpreted and the criteria used to decide whether a photograph should receive any protection at all would need to be considered very carefully. See UK Intellectual Property Office.

In relation to photographs made before August 1, 1989, previous UK copyright laws are applied to determine who is the copyright owner and for how long. There is no copyright in photographs made before 31 December 1945. Henry Lydiate 2003 see -

Cottingley Fairy Photographs

The original negatives held at Leeds University (Special collections) and the set of photographs owned by the National Media Museum may be subject to reproductive copyright.