Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Understanding Copyright Laws

I have often encountered people who do not have a complete understanding of what the copyright laws mean for them, and in turn I get a lot of questions about what you can and cannot do.  If I purchase a picture of myself, am I allowed to make copies?  Can I put my pictures on my facebook?  Hopefully this bit of information will help you have a better understanding of how that works.  It is not meant to be portrayed as mean, but it is definitely in place to keep photographers from going out of business...  :)

All photographic images and prints created by Ann Lenaers (owner) or any associate of Ideal Portraits are protected from copying, scanning, reproduction, enhancement or manipulation under the United States Federal Copyright Laws as well as International Copyright Laws. These Copyright Laws protect photographers by giving them the exclusive right to reproduce your photographs, which includes the right to control the making of copies. In other words, it is illegal to download to your computer, upload to a website or blog, print, screen, copy, scan, or reproduce your photographs anywhere without requesting and receiving written permission from Ideal Portraits and payment of a licensing fee or another arrangement (approved service exchange or something along those lines). This includes not only purchased prints on photographic paper or canvas, but digital images, as well, from our website, blog, online gallery, etc.

All text content, verbiage, and graphics appearing on the Ideal Portraits website, blog, facebook, myspace, or any other listing are also the exclusive property of Ideal Portraits and may not be reproduced in any form. These, too, are protected under the Copyright Laws.

By using this website or using our services, you agree to abide by these Federal Laws.

Anyone found to have violated the Federal Laws will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties as well as hefty fines.

As most photographers do, we try to accomodate all reasonable requests, and offer a CD of your portraits with a copyright release for every session for a reasonable charge. Please feel free to discuss your needs with us so that we may have the opportunity to serve you better.

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