[INDOLOGY] NGMCP images and copyright law

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 21:16:33 UTC 2022

What I'm still unclear about is if in the past when this service was
provided, someone purchased copies of NGMPP manuscripts directly from the
Nepalese government at the   National Archives (KTM) in Kathmandu, if they
were required to sign something or somehow contractual rights on the
manuscripts were put in place. Or in the absence of which, only
international and Nepalese copyright law restricted use of the manuscripts,
in which case manuscripts photographed prior to 1997 would be in the public
domain and could be reproduced and published on the internet.
Harry Spier

On Thu, Apr 14, 2022 at 7:03 AM Roland Steiner via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Dominik,
> As far as I know, initially there was actually a regulation that while
> any user was allowed to view the Nepal films in the Berlin State
> Library, copies would only be made available to scholars from Germany,
> Austria and Switzerland (and later to all scholars working in these
> countries). All other scholars were referred to the Nepalese side at
> that time.
> Since March 2014, however, there have been new regulations, which can
> be downloaded from the DMG website:
> https://www.dmg-web.de/page/nepal_en
> https://www.dmg-web.de/page/nepal_en/Merkblatt_NGMPP_sc.pdf
> Accordingly, "copies/digitised copies" may be made and used for
> research purposes, regardless of the nationality or place of work of
> the researcher. However, editing of texts based on these microfilms is
> only allowed with the permission of the National Archives in Kathmandu
> (Nepal).
> Best regards,
> Roland
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