Copyright, does it even matter?

Copyright law and you…

A conversation that seems to be more prevalent in the last year or so in the photographic circles is copyright law. Technology has made it increasingly simple to steal and claim ownership of all types of media from the internet. This includes not only photographs, but also videos, and the written word as well. I really don’t want to post photos with a huge intrusive “watermark” across the entire photo such as the ones in the Gallery below.

I came across this article on the subject today you might enjoy it…

This is an excerpt from “PetaPixel” by the author “Francis Vachon”…

Whether or not you make money from the use does not change a thing. It is still copyright infringement (unless it’s fair use). Here in Canada, Copyright law states that statutory damages will be between $100 and $5,000 per photo if used in a non-commercial purpose (it would be $500 to $20,000 per photo if used commercially). You think you will never get sued for using a photo on a non-commercial website? Think again. It is unlikely, but it IS possible.

I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase “ignorance of the law is no excuse” and with that in mind here are a couple other interesting articles on this subject.

Enjoy your Thanks Giving Weekend

 

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2 thoughts on “Copyright, does it even matter?

  1. It is infringement and the laws vary from country to country, but you should always get permission, or use photos that are in the public domain and free. I have done a few posts on this myself and it is great to see you doing one too. It is important to educate people on this sort of thing.

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    • Thanks Leanne. You and I as well as anybody else that is involved in the photographic industry know about these laws. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous editors and advertising agents, etc etc… that are willing to take the risk.

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