Copyright - MyPix2.com

WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT?

A copyright gives its owner the right to copy, distribute, publicly display or create derivative works from the original work. A copyright also gives its owner the right to license those rights to others.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PHOTO IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?

A photograph is copyright protected from the moment it is created. This means that even if you purchase a print or digital file from your photographer, you still need to talk to them about making reproductions from that item.

HOW LONG DOES A COPYRIGHT LAST?

The current copyright term is the life of the creator – in this case, the photographer, plus an additional 70 years.

THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT COPYRIGHT

  • Purchasing a print or digital file from your photographer does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
  • 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.
  • Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create.
  • Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.

HOW TO MAKE LEGAL COPIES OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

  • Contact the photographer/copyright owner. Photographers are happy to discuss options for reproducing photos with you.
  • Check both the front and back of a print for a copyright notice. If it is a school, sports or similar type photo, you may want to contact the institution where the photo was made.
  • Use the Photographer Registry Web site to locate a photographer/copyright owner at www.PhotographerRegistry.com, so you can obtain reproductions or permission. With a few pieces of information about a photographer (i.e., they did portraits in Anytown, USA in 200X), a search can be conducted to find the copyright owner.
  • Please contact us atinfo@mypix2.com if you have any further questions or to obtain a copyright release form.

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