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How can I determine if I can use a photo commercially?

Hold on for a second, I know that this is not the perfect place to ask but i dont have any other choice. I was searching for a picture for my project, an iphone app which i'm planning to sell upon ...
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How can photographers protect themselves from being sued?

Le Corbusier have just successfully (which means they won) sued Getty images for selling stock photos that contained furniture they created. In response Getty has requested of all its users that they ...
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Is this scenario considered copyright infringement?

I was taking some photos at a public market over the weekend. For my last photo, I stopped to make an image of a few vendors and the amazing neon light around their booths. One of the vendors was a ...
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How can I tag or mark scanned photos to show they are mine?

I have scanned some photos of mine from prints, and I would like to mark them with some indication that I took them. Is there a recognised way of tagging photos that might survive some basic post ...
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How to prevent commercial use of a photo?

I got a request from a guy who'd like to use this image of mine for a print. I am normally open to non-commercial (simple attribution is okay) usage of my photos. So, I wrote "Drop me a flickr mail or ...
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How do I get rights to pictures someone has taken of me?

A photographer friend has agreed to take some sexy pictures of me. I trust him, but I don't want them to somehow wind up all over the internet. How do we transfer rights of the photos to me?
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Can I legitimately create derivative works from re-blogged source material?

I've searched around without finding exactly the right answer--and I already know no answer here speaks for the final-say, legally. I'm just looking for general rules of thumb pertaining to my ...
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Can I give a company a two-year license to product images, in the U.K.?

I am shooting products for a company. I wanted to know how I can give them just a two-year right over my images to be shown in the catalogue. Is this possible? Does this come automatically with ...
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Do I need to copyright or license my photos to sell as cards?

I would like to sell my pictures as cards. Do I have to get my photos licensed, or is it better to copyright everything to the fullest extent? I don't want to give up any of my rights to the photos.
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Which rights to photographs should I retain when writing a contract?

The title says it all, but to clarify, assuming that the client does not have a specific contract that I must sigh or specific clauses that they want added, what rights to the photographs that I take ...
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In Canada, who owns the copyright to a photograph that has been taken by a hired photographer?

According to The Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) Section 10.2.a states: (2) The person who (a) was the owner of the initial negative or other plate at the time when that ...
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What should one be aware of when taking pictures at work, but not as one's primary role?

I took a few pictures around work and they were used on our website (more here). I've just been asked to do some shots of the executives, and it looks like there may be more requests like this. Any ...
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Is it legal for me to sell a photo taken from within a store without the store's permission?

I shot some photos of a store's interior for a blog that was highlighting that particular store. Is it legal for me to sell prints of the interior of that store? The photo just includes chocolate in a ...
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Where can I host my pictures for free without giving up rights? [closed]

I want to host some pictures at low cost (less than flickr). I have come across Shareapic and Imgur. However, imagur strips the meta-data off of uploaded images, and I couldn't find much information ...
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What is the philosophical justification generally accepted by photographers on why they should be able to profit privately over public property?

Say someone takes a picture of Lord Nelson's statue in Trafalgar Square at dusk, and sells on his website for profit. Is it not arguable that people would not buy it if it weren't a statue of a ...
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Why do event organisers have the right to restrict the activities of photographers?

Many public events such as sports, concerts, etc have restrictive policies that limit the ability of the audience to take photographs. These policies can vary from an outright ban to a ban on the use ...
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I want exclusivity of my photography [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I copyright my photographs? I am a freelance photographer who wants to know how to claim ownwership of my photos..i.e: i have a portfolio of nature scenes if ...
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Celebrity photographies copyrights

I'm creating a international portal about celebrities. Where from can I get photos of celebrities without breaking copyright law? Is there a difference between publishing a photo of celebrity and ...
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How do you detect when your photos are used without copyright permission?

How can you tell when your images are being used without your consent? In other words, How can you find your images being used in the real world? I imagine the most prolific medium using images ...
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Should I be worried about ownership of photos taken on my camera by others?

If you are at a social event, such as a party, and someone wants borrows your camera to take a couple of photos (which will typically be of the photographer!), are you concerned about copyright ...
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How do I copyright my photographs?

What exactly, if anything, do I need to do in order to copyright my photographs? I have done some research into this topic and find a wide range of answers. Some articles on the web are stating that ...
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Is it legal to use images found on the internet?

I realise that I am unable to just use an image willy nilly from the internet, but if an image is uploaded to a site like deviant art, am I able to use it on my site (not claiming it as my own, but as ...
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What are the copyright issues when selling photos of public art?

I know that it is illegal to take a photo of another photo, but does anybody know what the legal situation of selling a photo that includes a sculpture that it is in a public place? Something like: ...
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If I use a public domain image can I own the copyright to the resulting artwork?

I was thinking of using public domain images as backgrounds to my photos. Do I still technically "own" the resulting work?
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If my photo is “copied” through a painting, is that a legal?

Are both scenarios legal? I own a photo, and someone painted a replica (using canvas and paints) and sold prints. Someone altered it using Photoshop to look like a painting and sold prints. Do I ...
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What license to use?

I have been struggling with this for a while now and have done some research with no conclusive answers. I am a beginner in photography in that I take pictures more seriously now then I did before. ...
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What steps should I take if my photo is used without permission?

I like contributing to community groups with my photos, such as to Flickr photopools, and some more local groups. I do it mainly for feedback and improvements, and, quite honestly, I like it when ...
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Can I publish photos taken in public legally?

Who actually owns a photo that is taken in a public place?
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What are the most important issues to cover in a portrait photo contract?

I am planning on doing some photo sessions for friends and want to do it right. I want to have a contract, but I'm not sure what all I need to include. What are the most important issues to cover in ...
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Is watermarking worth it?

I've recently become aware that one of my photos has been used by a national newspaper beyond its licensing terms (cc-by-sa-2.5, used without the required credit), and whilst I can pursue them for ...
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What is “Fair Use” (US Copyright Law)

Sometimes one will hear of a photo being reprinted, redistributed, or otherwise used without specifically being licensed or having permission granted. Often the defense is called "fair use". What ...