Copyright - Volpone Photography

All images are property and copyright of Dave Volpone. All rights reserved.

I give permission to share images that I post on social media so long as the picture is not altered or cropped and logo remains visible.

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 photograph 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. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. Unless you have permission from the photographer, you cannot 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. It affects their income and the livelihood of their families. 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.


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