If you’re thinking of trying to use one of my images without permission – stop and read through this page.
If you’d like to use one of my photographs, please inquire by email: email@example.com. Chances are whatever you need is available for licensing for a variety of purposes.
However, if you don’t bother to ask first, keep this in mind – you may end up being liable for either the copyright owner’s actual damages and any additional profits of the infringer or statutory damages of up to $150,000. In addition the courts may also allow the recovery of full costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
My images have been registered for copyright with the US Copyright Office.
Copyright Education – Copyright Commandments: Courtesy of the Picture Archive Council of America:
- When it’s created, it’s copyrighted. Use the copyright notice.
- The photographer or his agent has the exclusive right to exploit the copyright in each image. That right is for the life of the photographer plus 70 years.
- Permission to use a copyrighted photograph for any purpose whatsoever must be obtained in advance in writing to avoid possible violation of the federal law on copyright.
- Any unauthorized use constitutes an infringement. An unauthorized use is an infringement absent a statutory exemption such as fair use or limited classroom use.
- Penalties for infringement are monetary and can be severe.
- Combining, altering or scanning photographs or any part thereof, including electronically, is an exclusive right held by the photographer and permission to combine or alter should be obtained in writing prior to any such changes or uses.
- Exceeding the terms of a license has been held to be an infringement. A new license is required prior to additional use.
- An artist’s rendering of a photograph in another medium is a derivative use of an image and does require the written permission of the copyright owner prior to use.
- Re-creating a copyrighted photograph is a derivative use and therefore requires the permission of the copyright holder of the original image.
- Reference use of a photograph or any part thereof requires the permission of the copyright holder.
Thanks for understanding and appreciating my work.
At the risk of sounding very blunt, if your job description reads as follows:
“Wanted: A professional photographer with their own high-end camera equipment. Must shoot excellent, agency- quality images and have the ability to turn jobs quickly, so we can completely take advantage of you. You will work very hard, and we will provide no guarantee of future paid work – (we can offer you photo credits only), so that we can fulfill a marketing campaign/publicity stunt to our sole benefit…”
– please do not ask me to assist.
If you’re interested in expert, top-notch service delivered with professionalism (and a smile), at a very reasonable fees and terms – then please feel free to contact me!