Copyright and the Law of Photography

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What are your legal rights and responsibilities as a photographer? Do you have questions about your contracts or about the copyright on your work? In the modern era of intellectual property law, with digital technology and complex contracts, knowing your legal rights is as important as making amazing photos. In this presentation, Jen Hurley (read […]

How much does it cost for a copyright attorney?

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Hiring an attorney to help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office can cost in the ballpark of $250 to $350 for the whole process. If you register a copyright yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. For more intricate copyright issues, a lawyer will charge an hourly fee that depends […]

What is Copyright?

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According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Whew. That’s a mouthful! Let’s try to break this definition down. The types of original […]

How do I get a copyright?

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If your work is in a tangible form (e.g., recorded, taped, written down, or typed), it already has copyright protection, although certain exceptions apply (see the U.S. Copyright Office’s Copyright Basics, pp. 2-3 for details). It is not necessary to publish your work to gain copyright protection. Although you have copyright protection as soon as […]

What is Intellectual Property?

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines intellectual property as “creations of the mind,” a broad definition that includes the following: literary, artistic and scientific works; performances of performing artists, phonograms, and broadcasts; inventions in all fields of human endeavor; scientific discoveries; industrial designs; trademarks, service marks, and commercial names and designations; protection against unfair […]