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Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying.

Publication and other forms of distribution: Restrictions include:

  • Subject Rights: Privacy and publicity rights of subjects depicted in the photographs may apply. For more information, see

  • Donor Restriction: Cowles Communications, Inc., transferred all of its copyrights in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection to the United States, but asked that the Library convey Cowles’ desire that the photographs are “Not to be used for advertising or trade purposes.”  The Library cannot provide further interpretation of this phrase.

  • Photographer Rights: Copyright to photographs not produced by LOOK staff photographers may be retained by the photographer and/or his or her heirs.  It is the researcher’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library’s collections. 

    Contact Information:  When available, the Library provides contact information for the photographer, the photographer’s representative or heirs, or others who are asserting or managing any rights originally held by the photographer.  Such information may be found on the Rights and Restrictions Information page under the photographer/agency name.

Credit Line: LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [Reproduction number e.g., LC-L9-60-8812, frame 8].

For more information, please read: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image

Last revised: February 27, 2012.
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