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English: Promotional photograph of Tony Randall. Back of this photo print contains stamps of dates and proprietors that used this photo for "editorial uses only". Also, it contains pasted attachment of information printed by ABC Public Relations; the secondary detachable paper was already detached.
Date Information about, including creation of and print attachment on, this photo is unknown, but first stamped in "Sep 22 1976".
Source Printed from the negative of this photo. Digitally reproduced in and digitally downloaded from eBay item, front, back
Author Negative of this photo: unknown. Proprietor of this photo print: ABC Television. Other prints of this photo were sent to ABC, CBS, and (possibly) MTM Enterprises to promote the television series The Tony Randall Show.
(Reusing this file)
Post-1963 photos, published by major television studios, such as Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal, under Copyright Renewal Act of 1992, that promoted television shows contain copyright notices and may still be protected by copyright laws. In this case, existance of promotional photos by MTM Enterprises is unknown. Until proven to exist, copyright statuses of pre-1978 promotional photos released by MTM Enterprises are unknown. See more below.
Other versions File:Tony Randall 1976.JPG


  • The photo has no copyright markings on it as can be seen in the links above and photo revisions.
  • It can be dated by the press release on the back of the photo.
  • It was created for publicity purposes-distribution to the media. The image was meant to bring attention and publicity for the personalities pictured, the program he/she was part of and the network it was on, the same as the publicity photos for actors and actresses in the film industry were intended to do.

Film production expert Eve Light Honthaner in The Complete Film Production Handbook, (Focal Press, 2001 p. 211.):

"Publicity photos (star headshots) have traditionally not been copyrighted. Since they are disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain, and therefore clearance by the studio that produced them is not necessary."
"There is a vast body of photographs, including but not limited to publicity stills, that have no notice as to who may have created them." (The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook By Nancy E. Wolff, Allworth Communications, 2007, p. 55.)
Creative Clearance-Publicity photos
"Publicity Photos (star headshots) older publicity stills have usually not been copyrighted and since they have been disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain and therefore there is no necessity to clear them with the studio that produced them (if you can even determine who did)."
  • United States Copyright Office page 2 "Visually Perceptible Copies The notice for visually perceptible copies should contain all three elements described below. They should appear together or in close proximity on the copies.
1 The symbol © (letter C in a circle); the word “Copyright”; or the abbreviation “Copr.”
2 The year of first publication. If the work is a derivative work or a compilation incorporating previously published material, the year date of first publication of the derivative work or compilation is sufficient. Examples of derivative works are translations or dramatizations; an example of a compilation is an anthology. The year may be omitted when a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with accompanying textual matter, if any, is reproduced in or on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or useful articles.
3 The name of the copyright owner, an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of owner.1 Example © 2007 Jane Doe."
  • Under the Copyright Act of 1909, works published in many copies without copyright notice are ineligible for copyright protections, and Copyright Act of 1976 may not apply under its Appendixes, with respect, to such works first published under older laws. However, accidental errors and/or accidental omissions of copyright notice in small amount of copies of published works may have been corrected in many other copies at the time of first publication. In this case, "accidental omission" or "accidental error" does not apply.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published in the United States between 1924 and 1977 without a copyright notice. See Commons:Hirtle chart for further explanation. Note that it may still be copyrighted in jurisdictions that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works (depending on the date of the author's death), such as Canada (50 p.m.a.), Mainland China (50 p.m.a., not Hong Kong or Macao), Germany (70 p.m.a.), Mexico (100 p.m.a.), Switzerland (70 p.m.a.), and other countries with individual treaties.

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current07:57, 30 December 2017Thumbnail for version as of 07:57, 30 December 20171,911 × 2,458 (1.46 MB)WikiPedantslightly trimmed top and right margins for better portrait composition and to remove white border; converted to greyscale; removed numerous specks; adjusted levels
08:48, 8 December 2011Thumbnail for version as of 08:48, 8 December 20111,934 × 2,510 (532 KB)George Hocropped borders
08:45, 8 December 2011Thumbnail for version as of 08:45, 8 December 20112,100 × 2,717 (540 KB)George Hoshowing the front photo with borders
08:13, 8 December 2011Thumbnail for version as of 08:13, 8 December 20112,104 × 2,723 (272 KB)George Ho{{Information |Description ={{en|1=Promotional photograph of Tony Randall. Back of this photo contains stamps of dates and proprietors that used this photo for "editorial uses only". Also, it contains pasted attachment of informa
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