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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

So do I own the copyrights of the picture and can I post it ? You definitely own the copyright but you may not have the right to publicly display the image. Most photographers get a model release as ...
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How are copyright infringements verified when a photo is initially made in JPEG, not raw?

Throw away the technology for a second, and consider before digital. Before digital, the negative was defacto proof: there was (typically) only one, and the author had it. But if there was no negative,...
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My grandfather gave me a box full of negatives. Does it implicitly give the copyright to the pictures?

Standard disclaimer for legal questions: I am not a lawyer, and therefore cannot offer any legal advice, other than to recommend you seek qualified legal advice from a lawyer. Don't rely on legal ...
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How can one sell prints yet be sure to retain commercial rights to the work?

In most countries you can resell the object (ie, the print) because a "sale" is a transfer of property. This is true also for art works: successful painters see their works resold during their ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

The following is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a serious legal concern, contact a lawyer. Having the "right" to do something, doesn't mean you have to do it. It was a jerk move for you ...
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How are copyright infringements verified when a photo is initially made in JPEG, not raw?

You can prove that the picture is yours if you have other data that are not in the subject picture: the RAW file from which the JPEG can be produced (framing/perspective) a higher-definition picture ...
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What are ways to record who took the pictures if a camera is used by multiple people?

There isn't really any surefire way, other than meticulous bookkeeping, or following consistent habits. Some ideas: Use your mobile phone to take images of the rear LCD info page showing the file ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

Legally, can you? Probably, yes. By default, copyright belongs to the photographer and you don't seem to have any sort of contract which assigns the copyright to anyone else. However... I'd strongly ...
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Licensing/copyright of an image hosted on Flickr's static CDN?

I managed to find it using this guide: In summary: The number before the first _ is the photoID Append this to ...
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How can one sell prints yet be sure to retain commercial rights to the work?

At least in the UK: If there's no transfer of copyright, you don't have any rights to reproduce the photo, so no problem. This is just like if you buy a book from your local book store, you can't ...
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How do I credit a photographer that wishes to remain anonymous?

Keep it simple. I thank an anonymous photographer for permission to use the photo on the cover of this book.
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Who owns the copyright of a picture/video in which my car appears?

I'm going to answer mostly in terms of US copyright law. As you noted, it does vary--but perhaps less than you'd expect. There have been efforts to keep copyrights similar between countries for a long ...
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What are ways to record who took the pictures if a camera is used by multiple people?

Nikon D3400 (and, I assume, other models) lets you select the active folder to store files in. Just change folders when you change photographers. More generally, you can use two memory cards and ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

Don't know about the US in general and Florida specially, but in many jurisdictions, there are several different rights possible attached to a photo, including: Copyright, which you hold if you are ...
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How do I credit a photographer that wishes to remain anonymous?

The typical citation would be: Reproduced with permission. If the author doesn't want you to name them, then simply don't.
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What are ways to record who took the pictures if a camera is used by multiple people?

One solution that might work if you don't switch too frequently: Take a selfie whenever you take the camera. Then you know all following pictures have been made by the person of the most recent ...
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My grandfather gave me a box full of negatives. Does it implicitly give the copyright to the pictures?

Does the copyright get automatically transferred to me along with the original film? No While you use those pictures for your own personal enjoyment, it probably does not matter. However, as ...
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What is the licensing terms of images found on mobile/desktop wallpaper websites?

Does that mean, that I can use that image(and other such images found on wallpaper hosting websites) without worrying about its license and attribution? No! Someone owns the rights to that image....
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How are copyright infringements verified when a photo is initially made in JPEG, not raw?

There are several possibilities, and the hierarchy will vary from one place to the next. But in general, the idea of precedence is the starting point. That is, who published the image first? Absent ...
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Who owns the copyright of a picture/video in which my car appears?

Let's say I am participating in a motorsports event, someone captures a photo/video of my car (and I am driving it) - can they use the photo/video without my permission? In the US, yes, they can use ...
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Windows uses a picture of my yacht, can I claim copyrights?

You almost certainly do not hold copyright to the image someone else made of your yacht, unless your yacht is itself a unique work of art that you, yourself, created or caused to be created as a ...
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I'm looking for anything to protect my images online

Bottom line is: you can't protect against this. If the images are shown on the screen, they are in the memory of the client computer and can be extracted one way or another. You can make this ...
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How can one sell prints yet be sure to retain commercial rights to the work?

If so, any links to a template or boilerplate doc we could use? There's no such template/boilerplate because such a document is not needed. Unless the owner of the image specifically assigns rights ...
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Does a photo copyright have an expiration date?

This is not legal advice! According to this FAQ from U.S. Copyright Office copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. Also get in mind this: work made for hire,...
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Who owns the copyright to photos I arranged but had someone else take?

As you did the set-up, the concept and provided the gear, most jurisdictions would consider it your art because your friend acted like an assistant following your directives. However, you have to ...
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How can I tell if I can use a photo found on multiple websites for a personal website?

It is really very simple: Do you own the rights to the image? If your answer is yes then you can use it for personal use. If the answer is no then see #2. Do you have permission from the owner of the ...
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What are the basic rules to put a logo in your photos without spoiling them?

There is no Official Rule for this, of course. General practice suggests that a lower-corner will be less intrusive, and that in left-to-right reading cultures, probably the lower-right. However, this ...
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How are copyright infringements verified when a photo is initially made in JPEG, not raw?

It might also be worth noting that cameras have a specific signatures in the form of the noise pattern which apparently is worth, here is one article talking about this: Hidden “Signature” in ...
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I'm looking for anything to protect my images online

What about displaying a low-quality and low-resolution thumbnail, to advertise what image they are about to pay for; and a small detail in full resolution and final quality, to advertise what ...
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