8/10/2007: Reply to Mr. Pigou (SAHA) regarding ownership of the Nkobi Archive
Dear Mr. Pigou,
The three of us are the only copyright holders to Zenzo’s work. Our main concern was that the photographs were about to be used commercially and without an agreement with us. As you stated in your email, we are very open to making the photographs available for non-commercial and educational use, with the relevant copyright citations and acknowledgments of international copyright and property regulations.
As I understand it you have received the following items from Denis Goldberg:
- several thousand photo negatives (black&white and in color) in approx. 4-5 folders containing the complete photo works of Zenzo Nkobi covering the period 1978-1993, stored in numbered pocket sheets
- approx. 2.500 digital scans of the above collection stored on computer disc(s) or on storage media such as DVD, CD-ROM, USB devices, as digitized by Tina Nkobi and Mr. Eberhard Neugeborn of Bonn / Germany
- contextual documentation / cataloging information in MS Word / MS Excel format in German language
- journalistic publications and documentations of Zenzo Nkobi (e.g. “Zimbabwe in Struggle” published 1978 in the former GDR / East Germany).
(Not in scope of the planed agreement are any press writings, articles, photos, etc. authored by my mother Edelgard Nkobi – Goldberg; these are subject at the sole discretion of Denis Goldberg and have been granted in her name to the SAHA as well as to UNISA by Denis Goldberg – which we think is already the case).
We, of course, would like to support your in every possible way to make the photo collections of Zenzo Nkobi fully available to researchers and clients of the SAHA and enable educational and academic usage of the information material.
A few points to explore a priori would be:
- details on your intended usage of the photo material
- geographical scope of your license requirement
- access right of us owners to the original material, specifically the negatives
- privacy concern, i.e. removal of private photo items from the collection prior to hosting them publicly
- feasibility of the project given the existing backlog, the storage room situation and budget and staff constrains of the SAHA
- existing budget calculations regarding the collections, approval of budget by SAHA management committee
- insurance regulations in regard to loss, theft or damage of the material
- cataloging and documentation of the images
As you stated, this effort to preserve and take care of the photographs should sustain itself financially. Apparently a minor amount was already required to reimburse transportation and hardware cost to Denis Goldberg. How much will it cost initially to further digitize the photos? How much will the projected maintenance costs be over the next couple of decades? In addition to the costs typically associated with restoring negatives, creating high resolution scans, insurance, cataloging, administration, internet publishing maintenance and printing, we know that there might be other cost involved in this effort.
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