Copyright laws and rules are wide, varied, vague, and can contradict from one government to another. So it's no wonder a lot of myths and perceptions of what you can and can not do continue to perpetuate. There are even legal cases where the judge ruled in favor of the wrong party because of confusion in how the law was interpreted.For example, if I have a web site and insert an image into a web page and provide a link and credit to the person who owns the image, many people think it's OK to do... continue reading
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The importance of copyrighting your images.It may take a little extra time to copyright your vector and photographic images and no one wants to hear that. Isn't writing the description and thinking of relevant keywords for your images hard enough? But spending a few extra minutes to embed your name and contact information into your image is time well spent.First of all, and most importantly, you protect your self from another person taking credit for your image. In addition, you can also add... continue reading
I have to start with an observation about complaints what occur occasionally on stock photography sites: "Somebody stoled my keywords - please, stop it!", "How can I prevent others from copying my keywords?", "Keywords copied - is it right?!"Well, from legal wiewpoint - there's no law about words copyright. "Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents" are NOT... continue reading
“If I have seen further (than other men), it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” is a quote attributed to Isaac Newton in reference to his dependency on Galileo’s and Kepler’s work in physics and astronomy. There is certain nobility in giving credit to the great thinkers that went before to clear the mental pathways enabling clearer reflections in science or math. But there is no nobility in COPYING work. I often suggest photographer websites to illustrate how top professionals have... continue reading
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