is ILLEGAL to copy or reproduce these photographs elsewhere
without our written permission, and violators of this
Law will be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
Copyright Act protects photographers by giving the author
photograph the exclusive right to reproduce your photographs.
includes the right to control the making of copies.
What is copyright? The exclusive right to make,
distribute copies of, publicly display or publish a photograph.
When are photographs copyrighted? As soon as they
are created by the photographer.
Who owns the copyright to a photograph? The owner
(photographer) who created it.
What is copyright infringement? Copying a photograph
without written permission of the copyright owner. This
includes printing off the website, copying using a photocopier,
a photographic copy, a digital copystand, or scanning
into a computer.
If I buy a photograph, don't I have the right to copy
it? Absolutely not!
Copyright can only be transferred in writing by the owner,
the photographer. The sale of the print does not include
the copyright to that image. Simply stated, someone that
purchases a professional photograph is in much the same
position as someone that buys a book. They own the physical
book, but they do not own the copyright, and they do not
have the right to have additional copies made.
Do photographs have to be marked with a copyright notice
to be protected? No mark is required anywhere on the print.
If it looks professionally done, and is, under the law,
it is copyrighted. We generally mark our copyright on
all our images.
How long does copyright last? Protection from copy lasts
the life of the photographer plus 70 years.
What kind of penalty can result from illegal copying?
Court settlements have ranged from $10,000 to $28,500.
Just call us and order a photograph that will last
look better, and cost you a LOT less in the long run!