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I also have friends who work in libraries and understand that they, like all other publicly-funded bodies, are underfunded and understaffed. But that has norhing to do with copyright and does not justify claiming copyright on something that was given to them. If it did, I, who receive NO government funding, and by virtue of the fact that I'm the only one here, am chronically understaffed, would have a much stronger case for owning copyright than would the AWM. If you examine the AWM's conditions for allowing access to photos it holds, it states that, if it does not hold the copyright on an image, then the person wishing to obtain it must first find the copyright owner and get clearance from them. This seems to be the case even when the donor of the photo in question is listed by the AWM themselves as 'anonymous'. In other words they have no idea where the photo came from, but even so, you need to find the anonymous donor who, in 1933, for example, cleaned out his father's stuff and gave the military stuff to them. If the copyright holder cannot be located, then who knows? It's probably irrelevant anyway, because the sad fact is that nobody I've ever heard of has ever come across a photo held by the AWM that the AWM does not claim to hold the copyright on. And so round and round we go....