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Thread: Use of TNA / RAF Museum Documents

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    Default Use of TNA / RAF Museum Documents

    Can anyone provide advice on whether it is legally acceptable for me to include images of documents from TNA / RAF Museum on my web pages (ie without transcribing the content).

    I would like to include the movement cards, accident cards, POW Liberation Questionnaires for the various No. 35 Squadron aircraft and losses (where appropriate) but I am currently resisting as I think it breaches copyright, despite the site being for my own "personal non-commercial use".

    If my thinking is correct, are the rules the same for documents relating to WWI, Inter-War Years, WWII and Post-War Years?

    I know I can ask the RAF Museum / TNA, but I am sure others have pondered this question, so any advice would be much appreciated

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 13th June 2018 at 13:20.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hi Pete

    Crown Copyright only exists for 50 years and if you possess a licence, which you used to be able to download from the Government website, you are free to use current copyright material on non-commercial websites (but check if this is still current). However, this type of licence does not cover RAF badges or other trademarked images (eg the RAF logo and roundel).

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm has given the same advice I have received from another source but be aware that answers from TNA can vary: somewhere in their website (it moved since I bookmarked it) is a guideline on usage. I discussed it with two staff members at different times and got a much more liberal interpretation from one than the other.

    I have followed the same path set out by Malcolm in my usage and feel it is safe.

    Bruce
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