If you create, use, or distribute any creative works like images in your work or private life you probably are aware of copyrights. The creator always holds the copyrights to their images, but they can also give others the rights to use them. And if you are using someone else's images you need to know the image usage rights.One simple and affordable way to acquire rights to use an image is to use stock photos. Stock agencies like Dreamstime give usage rights with different licenses for different... continue reading
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The cover of this book has a special history.Without going into details, this photo was not purchased through Dreamtime or via another microstock agency. It was donated to the author of the book graciously to illustrate the book. As there is a hierarchical relationship between the author and subject myself, there was no question of negotiating anything else. On the other side, I was quite proud that he thought about my photos for his book. So I suggested him a series of photos of the Peace Palace... continue reading
Today, I discovered an amazing thing about the misuse of pictures downloaded illegally on Dreamstime.By a sudden curiosity, I installed a plugin on my internet explorer to search my photos on the internet. After some research, I came across a site called ELSA, an association of lawyers based in London. I left them a message to remind them that one of their pages is using one of my photos illegally with the Dreamstime watermark without the bottom right credit informations.What do you think... continue reading
1. You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, except where a specific law prohibits it.i.e. streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public libraries.2. You may shoot on private property if it is open to the public, but you are obligated to stop if the owner requests it.i.e. malls, retail stores, restaurants, banks, and office building lobbies.3. Private property owners can prevent photography ON their property,... continue reading
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
It appears that there are very few pictures of courtroom scenes.This makes sense when it comes to scenes that within a courtroom while a trial is going on ... since most judges will not allow it.But this makes no sense for empty courtrooms since they are ALL public places and it should not be too hard to take a few shots from various areas within a courtroom.I have a suggestion for taking shots in a courtroom with people in it:find a firm that specializes in "voir dire" and "jury consultation"... continue reading
I have been investigating a little bit about what laws apply in regards to using images of building.These are some laws I came across:United States Code - Title 17 - Chapter 1 - Section 120Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works: (a) Pictorial Representations Permitted. - The copyright in an architectural work that has been constructed does not include the right to prevent the making, distributing, or public display of pictures, paintings, photographs, or other... continue reading
Equal Justice Under Law is the phrase inscribed into front roof facade of the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. in the USA.This building is one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world and stands for fairness and justice.Many important legal battles have occurred here including the famous Roe versus Wade battle over abortion.Though I have photographed this building I keep coming back to find new aspects to explore.Of course you can take a photo of the entire building.The statues... continue reading
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