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Is It Okay To Use Other Peoples Photos for Educational Purposes

Is It Okay To Use Other People’s Photos for Educational Purposes

It has probably happened to every single one of us.  You wake up one morning, open your Facebook feed or Instagram and see an amazing photograph that someone has posted. Sometimes, the photograph is a share and you can trace it back to the original source.  Other times, someone has just copied someone else’s photograph …

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How to register copyright as a photographer in the UK.?

Copyright Considerations for UK Members. How to Register Copyright in the UK.

Under UK copyright law, “copyright” means the “sole right to produce or reproduce the work.” It includes the sole right to do the following, or to authorize others to do the following, with works you hold copyright in: copying your work distributing copies of it, whether free of charge or for sale renting or lending …

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The new tax law and your photography business

How to Register Copyright in Canada

Canadian photographers are just as concerned as photographers of any other country about how to protect their copyright. This article will discuss copyright considerations for Canadian photographers and specifically why you might formally register your copyright in an image under Canadian law. Copyright under Canadian law is detailed in the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. …

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Legalities of using quotations from published works that are in public domain

Legalities of using quotations from published works that are in the public domain

Oh, you really want to use that cute quote to accompany one of your photographs? Or you’re looking to create a product for your studio or your e-commerce store? But can you just use any quote you like? Is it okay if you make sure you attribute the quote to the person who said it …

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Australian Copyright Considerations for Photographers

Australian Copyright Considerations for Photographers

Copyright law in Australia has some different features from US, UK and Canadian copyright law. Copyright in Australia is covered by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).   Firstly, there is no requirement for registration, nor does a copyright notice needed to be attached to an image. While the general rule in Australia is that the …

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What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

For many photographers the knee jerk answer to a client asking you to edit photographs taken by another photographer is no, or no way. But, no might not always need be your answer. Now, just hang with us for a couple of minutes while I explain.  Let’s talk first about the questions you need to …

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Are oral agreements for second shooters legit?

Do you make oral agreements for second shooters? Second shooters can be of great help to event photographers, particularly wedding photographers; they can help you capture parts of the event that you just wouldn’t get to otherwise. They are also the place many photographers begin if they are interested in specializing in wedding or event …

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Outsourcing Editing & Other Legal Considerations

When considering outsourcing your editing or offering photo editing services to other photographers there are some legal issues to consider and things you may want to think about before you enter into a contract involved outsourced editing services. Let’s start with some questions to help frame our discussion and provoke you as you consider, reflect, …

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Using images/art by another photographer/artist in your workshop presentation

  Educational Use It’s been widely held that the first prong of fair use will be satisfied if an artist or any person uses the image for purposes of commentary, criticism, reporting, or teaching. What this means is that “Fair use” (17 U.S.C. §107) is a limitation on the rights of copyright owners. Because of …

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Legalities of photo restoration services – Is it a copyright violation?

  Your client brought you an old, water-damaged photo of her Great-Grandma Mabel that she found in her mom’s attic.  She wants you to restore the photo.  But, is it legal?  Is it a copyright violation?  These are questions you should ask before you agree to restore any pictures. Copyright law is a confusing area …

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What to do if someone violates your images: Copyright infringement for photographers

This article is a great place to learn about Copyright Infringement for Photographers.   It happens – A friend or client excitedly sends you a link to a page where they’ve seen one of your images or a copy of a magazine in which your work has been published in all its glossy glory. Maybe someone …

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Registering a Photography Business Trademark: What Can it Actually Cover?

Trademarks are a great way to protect your brand by name, logo and slogan.   Registering a trademark can provide intellectual property protection for these brand items so let us walk through what the protections you receive cover.   The first question you need to ask: Is the mark “trademarkable”? There are a few general …

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Trademarks: How Can I Protect My Photography Trademarks?

You’ve gone through the expensive and time consuming process to protect your photography business marks.  Now it is time to protect it! Here is the process for you to protect the trademarks you’ve registered for your photography business.   What can I do to protect my mark? Use it! Properly identify your mark’s status by …

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A photographer’s quick guide to photography copyright law

The unauthorized use, reproduction, or amendment of photographs…copyright infringement happens all the time, simply because many don’t understand what and how copyright infringement works. Copyright infringement is the use of photographs protected by copyright laws without permission of the copyright owner. Understanding what copyright is and the registration process is important to photography business owners to …

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