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But I want it, Why can't I have it if I really want it?

February 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

You want to help.  You want to help a friend by giving them a photo to be used on a business page or video.  Or...a close friend dies and you want to use 'that great shot' to honor their memory.  This is a perfect way to celebrate and we would never tarnish the moment with stolen items.  Would you steal flowers to honor your Mother on her birthday?  Would you rob a bank to provide capital for a friend to start their business?  We all see the disclaimer before a movie.  Don't copy, it's illegal.  What happens when we forget? 

As a photographer and photo-restoration artist, I am careful not to steal another's right to copy, not copy, or alter an image.  We need the public to know choices have been made in the creation of the art work.  You can buy the work--or not, display your purchase, cut the print into pieces, give it away, or sell it.  But, the image can not be copied---photographed, scanned, cropped--without the image owner's permission.  And the image owner is the photographer not the owner of the print. 

The reason I post this is partly as a business owner.  I want to stay in business and not get sued.  In our small locality, I know of two incidents where people have unknowingly been given an image to use--copy-- and then had to pay a large fine--$1000-$1500-- and also remove the image from their intended use.  The starting fine is $750.  So if you bring me your photo to be restored, no problem.  If it is someone else's, we will need to contact them.  And if you want to copy one of mine, please ask.  Our images are registered with the copyright office in DC and we would like to make sure the print we made of you will be reproduced perfectly.

“Copyright” describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works.

But we often don’t consider copyright when we look at our family photos, or go to get them copied. Even though it is so easy to copy an image—with scanners, photo-quality printers, and copy stations—it is still illegal.

        Things to remember about copyright:

               Copyright is a property right.

  • Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.\

  • Professional photographers are the smallest of small copyright holders.

  • Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.

  • Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies).

  • Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display

  • no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs.

  • A photographer can easily create over 20,000 separate pieces of intellectual property annually.

  • Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create.

  • It affects their income and the livelihood of their families.

  • Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.

  • Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.



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