I came across the blog Letters of Note that, according to the guy who runs it, is a “blog-based archive” and an “attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos”. It caught my eye given the fact that “amateur” historians have in many respects led the way in developing digital history. Overall, it really is a fascinating collection that would have broad appeal to a wide audience (though not specifically on Greenwich Village). But as I clicked through several documents the issue of rights and permissions kept coming to mind, most likely because I keep running into roadblocks for my own project. There is no indication on the blog’s pages as to exactly how he came to possess these digital images, though in an interview he does note the wealth of manuscript archives accessible on the web saying that they “don’t seem to be recognized, or they’re simply not user-friendly enough to attract a decent audience”. But there is no mention or recognition as to any implications vis-à-vis rights and permissions. In a similar vein, in trying to track down copyright holders for some potential digital artifacts, I have found some images reproduced on various blogs and assorted sites, but potentially without the actual permissions. It makes me wonder how fluid and flexible is the “fair use” clause of copyright law?