It’s a fact that many people do not understand the concept of Copyrights. In fact, some people have never heard any explanation for the word.
Some Copyright infringement is the result of downright evil folks who would rather steal than pay their fair share. But a good portion of it is simple ignorance.
One way I fight this is to include a Copyright Protection Notice with every print I sell. I do so whether the sale is electronic or a physical print.
Here’s a copy of the notice I use. Use it at your own risk. Always contact an attorney if you need legal advice.
Please Read This Important Information About Copyright Protection
Thanks for licensing/purchasing a print of my photograph. I am a professional photographer who earns a living from images like the one that you selected.
Please note that the United States Copyright Act provided photographers statutory protection against Copyright infringement.
The photographer has the exclusive right to reproduce any photo he/she made. This includes the right to control the making of copies for distribution to third parties by any means.
It is a violation of law to copy or reproduce these photographs elsewhere without the written permission of the photographer. People who violate the Copyright Act by making or distributing illegal copies are subject to civil and criminal prosecution.
As your photographer, I will try to accommodate all reasonable requests. Please contact me if you need additional copies of this image or want to expand it’s use, and/or change the licensing agreement.
I would enjoy the opportunity to serve you better. If you have questions about Copyrights and my photos, please contact me directly at your earliest convenience.
Thank you in advance for helping me to protect my rights and my livelihood.