Safety and Regulations
Congress, by statute, has forbidden the reproduction of the following subjects under certain
circumstances. Penalties of fine or imprisonment may be imposed on those guilty of making such
Obligations or Securities of the United States Government, such as:
Certificates of Indebtedness
National Bank Currency
Coupons from Bonds
Federal Reserve Bank Notes
United States Bonds
Federal Reserve Notes
Certificates of Deposit
Bonds and Obligations of certain agencies of the government, such as FHA, etc.
Bonds (U.S. Savings Bonds may be photographed only for publicity purposes in connection
with the campaign for the sale of such bonds.)
Internal Revenue Stamps. If it is necessary to reproduce a legal document on which there is a
canceled revenue stamp, this may be done provided the reproduction of the document is
performed for lawful purposes.
Postage Stamps, canceled or uncanceled. For philatelic purposes, Postage Stamps may be
photographed, provided the reproduction is in black and white and is less than 75% or more
than 150% of the linear dimensions of the original.
Postal Money Orders.
Bills, Checks, or Draft of money drawn by or upon authorized officers of the United States.
Stamps and other representatives of value, of whatever denomination, which have been or
may be issued under any Act of Congress.
Adjusted Compensation Certificates for Veterans of the World Wars.
Obligations or Securities of any Foreign Government, Bank, or Corporation.
Copyrighted materials, unless permission of the copyright owner has been obtained or the
reproduction falls within the "fair use" or library reproduction rights provisions of the copyright law.
Further information of these provisions may be obtained from the Copyright Office, Library of
Congress, Washington, D.C. 20559. Ask for Circular R21.5.
Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization. Foreign Naturalization Certificates may be
Passports. Foreign Passports may be photographed.
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