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The legal term that protects ownership of creative works and restrictions as to how those works may be used by others.

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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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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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I was asked to design a calendar using my photos, what do I charge for the “art fee” for 12 photos, should my name and copyright be included?

Last year, and for the first time, I tried creating and selling calendars featuring my photography. They turned out pretty good but in the end I spent too much time on choosing the photos, the actual ...
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Can a photo of a book page be copyrighted?

Suppose one takes a photograph of a book page. There's no artistic interpretation, the result is effectively a copy of the page. The book is not copyrighted. Can the photograph be copyrighted by ...
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Can old photos be used in a self-published memoir without permission?

I am helping an older person self-publish her memoir. She has photos of students in plays that she produced in a school setting some 30 plus years ago. She cannot now track down these people to get ...
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How do I handle international copyright violations?

After the disappointing news regarding copyright rules recently, I thought I'd check to see if any of my images were being misused, too. I found one of my images apparently growing legs and wondering ...
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Doesn't the spread of photographs on social media fall under copyright infringement?

Everyday thousands of pictures (memes,celebrity pics, wallpapers) are shared by users like me on websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and many other websites. We get likes and shares ...
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How much skill and effort (in the process of taking a photo) is needed to have copyright over it? [closed]

In the recent monkey selfie discussion, seems that the point about copyright is that who takes the photo owns the copyright. Other questions are also related to this: Can someone take a picture of ...
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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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Model Using Photographs Without Permission?

Model releases are often discussed where the photographer needs the model's consent to have the photo published/used commercially. But what about the other way around? Can the model use the photos the ...
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I just saw my children in a photograph on the wall of a chain restaurant. What rights do I have to protect their image?

A friend alerted me she saw my children in a photograph hung in a chain restaurant. Although the picture was taken at a public event, I never gave permission for anyone to sell the image of my ...
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Can I use a Getty Images photo of me? [duplicate]

Can I use a photo of me taken by AFP/Getty Images? This is the image in question: ...
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If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?

Say, someone snaps a picture of me. Do I own the rights to it? Or is it the photographer? My intent is to find out for U.S. but a plethora of in-depth answers is very helpful!
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Can I use a photograph on Facebook or elsewhere that I sold to an artist and are there any copyright infringements

I have sold a high res photograph to an artist and have subsequently used the same photograph in low res on my Facebook page. The artists is now claiming that I cannot reuse the photograph as he now ...
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Can I be required to delete a photo from my phone?

Recently during a performance at a theater (in the US) I took a photo of the stage during intermission and was warned not to do so by a member of the staff because of "copyright issues". I apologized ...
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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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Is there any situation where it is legal to post a photo taken in private property without permission? [closed]

Photos taken in public are generally considered to be publishable without requiring permission. Photos taken on private property are generally considered to require permission (in the form of a ...
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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 determines who owns my photographs?

I work for a California university as a writer and web developer in an insect science department. My job description also includes photography (mainly of faculty and their projects), but the ...
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Do I need copyright for a music for photo presentations? [closed]

I'm making a photo presentation consisting of background music and slides. It's not for a commercial purpose, I'm a hobbyist. I might be displaying it on public showings and/or my personal website ...
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Licensing for wedding photos, to protect photographer, but allow freedom to clients?

We're looking at booking a professional photographer for our wedding, but I am a little unhappy with assigning complete control of photos from our own wedding to a photographer. The contract she ...
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Who has ownership of images taken for work in UK?

I work for a UK higher education institute, and have taken some photos for online & print (surgical procedures, labs, equipment etc) Photography is not a part of my job description. Who owns the ...
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find source image and it's copyright [closed]

I want to use some image in my web project if they are allowing for me to use them.(copyright low). now how can i understand in which site they used before and are they have copyright and register ...
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How do copyright licenses and model/likeness/publicity rights interact, if at all?

I release many of my photos under one or more Creative Commons licenses. One of them was recently uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and I was approached by a moderator there with an inquiry whether I had ...
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Can I set my camera to add my name to each picture?

I have a Sony W690 PointAndShoot camera, and I'd like to know if it's possible to add my name to each photo that I take, similar to adding the date on our pics. I have seen pics that have the ...
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Is this type of photo manipulation still violating copyright law?

I am a photo student and I am doing a photo series on contemporary art. I plan to take pictures of contemporary art from printed books (photo of a published photo of an art work). And I will be ...
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Does photograph copyright ownership belong to the person who “just” pressed the shutter-button?

In a situation where Person A has a photograph idea/concept, an auto-portrait for example, sets up the scene, lighting, and instructs Person B how to compose the photograph, which leaves the Person B ...
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Copyright Was Released to All Images: Does this include all RAW photos?

In our wedding photographer's contract it states that she includes the "Copyright RELEASE to ALL Images" and does not specify to only the edited images. Do we have the right to demand the RAW image ...
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Can information like a signature, secret key or password be encoded in a photo?

I want to protect copyright of my photographs. So, I've decided I'd like to put some signature like information in my photos. According to my research, - I have copyright as default and I don't ...
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Still-life reconstruction considered plagiarism?

I am really bad at still lifes. That is, I never even attempted making one. So I decided to try and make a photo of freshly baked bread. I stumbled across a few amazing shots on the Internet which I ...
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Can someone take a picture of me, then claim copyright over the material? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it? A lady took a photograph of me, then posted it in a smear campaign against me. I was the obvious subject of ...
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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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How do I make sure I keep rights to photos I take for a band?

Recently, a friend of mine asked if I could photograph his band to use as promotional material along with their newly-recorded album. They want to use the image(s) to send to record companies, put on ...
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What licences allow commercial use but not distribution?

I have taken some photos and I want to allow free commercial use but not allow re-distribution. More specifically what I want to do is to allow people to use them on their own ( commercial or ...
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Who owns the copyright of a picture taken of my construction work?

Here's the scenario: I work for a company that does some home improvement work. An architect designed the house, we did the work. I found pictures of that work online, contacted the architect and ...
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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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In Connecticut, do employees have rights to photographs of themselves?

In Connecticut specifically, if an employer hires a company to take photographs of their employees (headshots with nothing in the background that may be considered company property), do the employees ...
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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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Is modifying an animal photo for use as an avatar icon within fair use?

I found an animal photo I'd like to use as an avatar. I only want to use the head of the animal and would retouch it a bit. Is this considered as fair use?
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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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Is it a printer's responsibility to determine copyright?

I have run an "on the side" mail-order high-end photo printing business for a couple of years now, and have printed all sorts. I have considered this before and have drawn up my own conclusions, and I ...
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What are the laws in the United States concerning photo printing copyrights?

My wife and I wanted to save money as we were preparing to get married a few weeks ago, so we had my sister take our engagement photos with my Canon EOS 7D. She's not exactly a professional ...
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What kind of signed statement or writing do I need from a model to own a license on the photo?

I would like to take photos of strangers out in public, but I'm worried that I might get in trouble if I use the image (even non-commercially) in any way - like posting online in a blog. I've heard ...
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Image use guidelines that seem to completely contradict themselves

I have a set of image usage guidelines as follows: USAGE OF AIRBUS IMAGES Digital images in high-resolution format may be downloaded from the Airbus Photo Gallery site. Obtaining any other ...
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Can I use an image of someone else's displayed-in-public branding without special permission?

I am currently re-designing a website for a large company that makes parts for planes, and want to use some images of the planes that the parts are made for. I have some great imagery taken by one of ...
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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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Do photographers commonly use watermarks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is watermarking worth it? Are you concerned about image copy protection being a photographer or website owner? Are you interested in image watermarking software? If so ...
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Does offering an embed feature violate copyright law?

I know this is not a legal site, but this is closely related to photography so I hope this question can stay here. I am the owner and founder of a wildlife photo site, which I'll only plug here ...
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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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PSE10 Insert Invisible Watermark

I need to put an invisible watermark in some of my PSE10 edited PNG files, but since I am an amateur, I probably don't need an online subscription right now. How do I easily put an invisible ...