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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 14, 2001 at 04:31:14:
In Reply to: pictures posted by tricia on March 13, 2001 at 13:41:12:
: I have recently purchased some pictures that were taken of a family member and was wondering if i could make some copies to put in my office and to give to a relative? what does the copywrite law state about making photo copies personal use?
I like you insight and concern. Without research nor taking professional responsibily. Unless there is a written agreement, the photographer owns the artistic rights.
My gut says that your making copies is a violation of the photographers' copyright rights. Unless there is a registered copyright and a proper copyright notice on the picture you may not be liable under the copyright law at least until you have been put on notice. There may be a civil action right.
How much would it cost the photographer to sue you? What damages could he get. Even in a true copyright infringement suit, a court might not award damages worth bringing the case to court, particularly if there is no real commerial damage other than what you propose.
M. Arthur Auslander
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