Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lascaux Cave Painting

September 12, 1940 Lascaux cave paintings discovered. Lascaux, replica in the Brno museum Anthropos. The cave was discovered by four teenagers, Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern.

The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old Upper Paleolithic paintings consist mostly of realistic images of large animals, including aurochs, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time.

This image is a faithful reproduction of a two-dimensional work of art and thus not copyrightable in itself in the U.S. as per Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.; the same is also true in many other countries, including the European Union. The original two-dimensional work shown in this image is free content because:

This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923, (in this case aprox. 13,000 to 15,000 bce) are now in the public domain.

Lascaux Cave Painting

This image is also in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris), in this case aprox. 13,000 to 15,000 bce, and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from the last day of that year.

This from the photographer:

I (HTO), the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

In case this is not legally possible: I (HTO) grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

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