Re: [railwayguns, armoured trains and Military Railways] Re: Leopold and copyrights
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you have a really good point there.
It is one of my main worries.
I would be very interested to hear what kind of arrangements fellow
collectors have made
to protect there collections for the future.
And how they share their material.
On one hand, I can agree with the opinion that original material with
should in fact be shared to anybody who is interested.
This is what we expect from a museum our governmental archive.
On the other hand, there are some barriers to do the same thing with a
Without bringing back the whole discussion we just had, there is a risk
that the material which is
shared with the community will be used in many ways. Good ones and bad ones.
Another thing is the value of the material.
As we all can see on Ebay, unpublished material is much more expensive
than press photo's and
published material. Many private collectors spend about their whole
income to their hobby.
Once published, their investments will lose a lot of their value.
And the material is less interesting for trading too.
In the area of art, the main museums are quite serious in protecting
pieces of historical value.
And sharing them with the community.
In the field of military history it is not always done that serious.
Some years ago, one of the main collections of original Krupp and
and railgun drawings was offered by it's owner to the big military
museums and archives.
They had a limited interest, but no money.
But even if they would have had the money, I am not sure if we were
It took me a lot of effort to get any information from those archives.
In one case, photo's, drawings and other data of the V2 launcher train
seemed to be deliberately
hidden... By coincidence I got access.
In favour of the archives I must admit they always have a lack of personnel.
Maybe it is about time to find a way to publish scans of valueable
material in private collections
in a way that protects the copyrights of the owners and maybe
compensates for the loss of value.
I hope the lists members will have some good idea's...
If we can work something out, It is worth this discussion in the list I
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