Since I often write about photography and Copyright I am painfully aware that not only do most people not understand the notion of Copyright protection, most photographers don’t even know much about it.
So it stands to reason that having some additional tools will help both groups.
When a client buys a print from me, I make sure it is accompanied by a Copyright Notice – and I am not talking about a little watermark on the print. Rather, I provide a document with the photo that explains it is protected by Copyright.
I am posting a copy of the notice I use below. I print this on nice paper and provide it with the print. If you wish to use the same notice, feel free. I don’t warrant that this notice will in any way protect you. Contact an attorney to protect your legal rights. Also, note that I am a US citizen and this notice is written from that perspective.
Please read this very important note about Copyright protection. The U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code) is designed to protect photographers and other artists by granting them the exclusive right to distribute, copy, edit and publish their photography by license, transfer or sale.
This is important because the Copyright Act prohibits anyone from copying, scanning, editing or sharing photographic prints, images or media without the written permission of the photographer.
Violation of the Copyright Act may subject the infringer to both civil and criminal penalties.
Because this photograph is a work of art that we want you to cherish, we wanted you to know about this important Copyright protection. Respecting the Copyright Act not only protects the rights of the photographer and prevents you from being subjected to prosecution, it helps to make sure that this photographic print retains its original value as a work of art.
Please feel free to contact the studio to discuss any questions, comments or concerns you have about Copyright.
If you need additional copies of this print, would like the right to scan it and post it to your online or social media accounts, etc., please contact us immediately. All reasonable requests will be accommodated. In some cases, this may require payment of an additional fee.
For more information on photographic Copyrights, please visit http://www.kodak.com/cluster/global/en/consumer/doingMore/copyright.shtml
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