Re: Copying Photos
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on July 19, 1999 at 05:21:25:
In Reply to: Copying Photos posted by Debra Roe on July 18, 1999 at 10:00:42:
: I would like to get copies made of several family
: photographs to include in photo albums for my children.
: These photos were taken by professional photographers,
: but I have no idea of the name of the photographer, the
: studio, or in some instances the city or state. A lot
: of these photos were taken before 1978, so I assume
: they are part of the public domain and I can have them
: copied. Correct?
: What about those taken after 1978? Any information you
: can give me will be greatly appreciated.
: Also, one more question. How can a wedding
: photographer or his studio be considered the copyright
: owner of wedding photos? The client pays for the
: photographer's time, film, and the proofs(before they
: are even taken) and a tip is expected on top of that,
: and I don't think there has been an original wedding
: photo in the last 10 years.
You cannot rely on 1978 to keep you fee of the law. A photographer is paid to deliver photographs. The intellectual property rights are owned by the photographer not the purchaser. A little knowledge can be dangerous.
M. Arthur Auslander
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