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By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, July 6, 2015

Know Your Rights: Two Current Trends in Copyright Law

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Copyright law has been around since the 15th Century. Since then, it has been changed many times and in many ways and it still is evolving.

Two current trends in copyright law may affect your future rights.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, June 1, 2015

Where to Find Free Photos Online: Know the Law!

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Have a blog? Publishing a newsletter? Preparing a presentation? Photos and illustrations make any publication look better.

But where can you find photos to legally use—that won’t cost a fortune?

Here’s what you need to know to find free or low-cost photos online—without getting into legal trouble.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, May 4, 2015

A Fair Flight: Drone Photography and the Law

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Photographers and videographers are always looking for a new angle to shoot. The latest trend is using “unmanned aircraft systems” (“UAS”)—also known as drones—to provide an exciting new view of the world.

But before you take off into these skies, make sure you really understand drone photography laws. Here’s all you need to know.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to License Photos (It's Much Easier Than You Think!)

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The verb “license,” according to Merriam-Webster, means “to give official permission to someone . . . to do or use something.” As a noun, license means “an official document, card, etc., that gives . . . permission to do, use, or have something.”

Licensing your photographs may sound tricky, but in fact we “license” other things all the time. Take this, for example:

Kid: Can I borrow the car?

Parent: Where are you going?

Kid: To the park.

Parent: Why?

Kid: To play tennis with Taylor.

Parent: When will you be back?

Kid: By 5 p.m.

Parent: O.K.

With that “O.K.,” the parent just licensed the car to the kid only to go the park to play tennis with Taylor that day until 5 p.m.

And licensing your photographs to others can be just as simple. Here’s how:

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, February 16, 2015

Understanding Copyright for Photographers — and Beyond

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Everyone has heard of copyright, but not everyone knows what it really means.

Here’s the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and why” of copyright for photographers — and anyone who works with pictures.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Fuss About Fair Use Photos: Are Your Images Protected?

What are fair use photos? Find out here.

These days, photographers often find their images used by others without permission. When confronted, the user likely will claim that it’s a “fair use,” rather than an infringement.

While only a judge or jury can ultimately decide whether the use is a fair use, understanding the differences will help you protect your work.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? More Options …

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Last week I gave you some advice on what to do when your photos are stolen and reused elsewhere—without your permission.

Here are some more options you have if you discover that someone has poached your photos.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? Know Your Rights

 Photos stolen? Your options

The digital world has given photographers many advantages and disadvantages.

The pros: We don’t have to change film after 36 exposures or use harmful chemicals to process prints, and we can show our photos more easily via the Internet.

The cons: It’s much easier for others to copy our images—and they do. In droves. It’s not just the amateur blogger who’s using our photos without permission. Even renowned companies copy photographs to enhance their web pages or to make money directly.

So what can you do about it? You could never share your photos with anyone—but that defeats many photographers’ goals.

Here’s advice on what to do if you have photos stolen and reused without your permission.

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