Photography Copyright Laws – Why Didn’t I Think of That? Wednesday

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I hope none of you ever have issues with copyrights but I thought I would post three links for you. It is important as the photographer to know what your rights are of your photos. I think it is also important to check these out if you ever hire a photographer. I realize some people do not know this, but just because you hire a photographer and you are in the photograph does not mean you own the rights to that photo. You cannot scan, copy, post it on Facebook or do anything with it without the photographer’s permission.

U.S. Copyright Laws

Frequently Asked Copyright Questions

Scott Kelby also had a post on his blog titled I Can Remove Your Watermark with No Problem. It is an interesting read about different ways to officially copyright your photos. I know I will be looking into many of these options.

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  • February 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Thank you for sharing these articles. Since posting my silhouette shot, I have had someone ask me to use it for their church website. I am also getting ready to submit it to a local photo contest, but I want to copyright it first.

    I read Kelby’s article and it is good stuff.

    Thanks again!!

  • February 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    BTW, I registered for Natural Light 101. I am really excited, but a little nervous, because I don’t have the lens they recommended.

    • February 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      I definitely recommend getting at least a 50mm 1.8 if you can afford it. It is really hard to do it with a kit lens. I hope you LOVE that class! I know I LOVED it!! That is the class where I took my silhouette shot of Kate with the umbrella! Can’t wait to see some of your photos!

  • February 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    thanks for sharing this with us! great information!

  • Karin
    February 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Thank you for this info, Courtney. Over a year ago I was in a really cool factory-turned-restaurant and shop in North Carolina and I was taking some pictures. I was informed by one of the employees that picture taking was not allowed in their place, so I stopped. It had never actually crossed my mind that I may not be able to take a picture somewhere and anywhere!:)

    These things are good to know.

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