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    I'm new to this, so please excuse the newbie question.

    When using archival footage, how do most of you go about finding ownership for the purpose of obtaining rights for inclusion in your projects? Specifically, I'm trying to find who owns the original Wright Brothers photos and video from Kittyhawk, Leonardo Davinci's scetches of flow patterns, and vintage aircraft footage in general. Stock websites, such as pond5, don't seem to have what I'm looking for.

  • #2
    Check I suspect all of what you are referring to is PD by now.


    • #3
      Anything prior to 1923 should be in the public domain.


      • #4
        It kind of is, but kind of isn't. The problem is that they belong to someone. A bit like how you can't sell a print of a master without authorisation of the museum or private owner. Getting decent copies of things is the difficult part. The original Wright Bros stuff shouldn't hard to get for free, but if you need decent copies of stuff you might have to get hold of the owner.


        • #5
          Thank you all for the help.


          • #6
            I just got an email from Pond5 about having a new public domain section. A search for Wright Brothers got some photos but no video. Don't know if this helps or not but here it is,brothers
            Tim Veal
            My blog


            • #7
              Thanks, Tim! That helps a lot.