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Q: Need Public Domain photos of World Trade Center Disaster ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Need Public Domain photos of World Trade Center Disaster
Category: Business and Money > Advertising and Marketing
Asked by: moneymgr-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2004 15:11 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2004 15:11 PDT
Question ID: 378925
Where can I go to find some photos of the Sept 11 attacks that are not
subject to Copyright restriction. This is for a Powerpoint
Presentation, and my company will want assurance that the images I use
are Public Domain. I am interested in the actual place to download the
info, but also your comments on the gray area. (No legal advice
requested) Thanks

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 25 Jul 2004 18:37 PDT
I can give you a link to photos from government websites of the WTC attack.

As a rule of thumb, photos used on federal government sites are public
domain unless explicitly stated otherwise.

However, you would have to do your own sifting through the photos to
(a) find the ones that are of most interest to you and (b) satisfy
yourself that they are, in fact, in the public domain, by examining
the "use" pages that many government sites maintain.

Alternatively, if you can identify a particular photo of interest, I
can check on its public domain status for you, but at the price you
have offered, I couldn't justify doing this for more than one photo.

Let me know.


Clarification of Question by moneymgr-ga on 26 Jul 2004 08:49 PDT
I think the links to the sites will be helpful. I may later repost to
determine the copyright status. Thanks!
Subject: Re: Need Public Domain photos of World Trade Center Disaster
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 26 Jul 2004 11:00 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for getting back to me. 

Google Images allows you to search the internet for pictures that
match your search terms.  The main search page is here:

I conducted a search on:

"world trade center" OR wtc site:gov

which returns over 1,000 images of (or related to) the World Trade
Center exclusively from websites that end in the .gov extension --
that is, from government websites.

Note that not all these sites are FEDERAL sites...I would suggest
looking for pictures only from sites belonging to federal government
agencies, as their rules pertaining to copyright are clearer than
state or local government sites.

In general, pictures on federal websites that are not identified as
originating from a non-government source, or are not indicated as
copyright-protected, should be in the public domain.

However, in the crush of events surrounding 9/11, I'm not certain all
sites followed their own quidelines for posting pictures.  I would
advise some checking around before assuming a picture is public

I've always found this NASA picture particularly compelling:

and it is definitely in the public domain.  

Let me know if you need additional help on a picture or two, and best
of luck with your presentation.

moneymgr-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Just the link to the NASA picture is worth it! Thanks

Subject: Re: Need Public Domain photos of World Trade Center Disaster
From: pafalafa-ga on 26 Jul 2004 12:34 PDT
Thanks for the stars!  Hope all goes well.


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