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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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A Marketing Firm wants to buy non-exclusive rights for one of my photos, what should I charge?

I was contacted by a marketing firm in Canada requesting that I give them a quote for non-exclusive rights to one of my photos. The the firm does marketing for the company that makes exterior ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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 ...