I've taken the scans down. But I think they need an official online home. Here's the mail I sent to Isobel McKenzie Price
Many thanks for your note. Apologies for not replying sooner, I've been away for a long weekend.
I've taken the scans down this morning. I understand your issues and the principles of copyright, but I believe that as:
- I'm not making any money out of this
- I'm not depriving you of any money
- no-one can make any money from the scans (too poor quality), and
- no-one has said or inferred anything damaging about Homes and Gardens
...you're being slightly over the top.
These are interesting and important historical documents. As you are clearly aware. They should be widely available for as many people as possible to learn from them. That they can be, instantly, is one of the great beauties of the internet.
I'm afraid as well, that simply getting them taken off my site is unlikely to be the end of it. These are digital files. They have been seen by thousands of people. It is incredibly easy for people to copy them and put them up on their site anywhere in the world. As of now, I have no idea how many versions there might be on the web.
My suggestion to you is this: you should either find or provide an official online home for these scans, where they can be made available with all the copyright information made clear. If not your own site, there might be other online publishers interested.
I will be happy to provide you with a much clearer set of scans for you to use.
That way will satisfy both our requirements, namely: to keep them within the public view, and within the law.
You will also seem like a very benign and enlightened media owner. And there can be no harm in that.
I look forward to hearing from you.