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Understanding Photographic Copyright
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Welcome & Introduction

The purpose of this LibGuide is to help you understand your rights and intellectual property as a photographer. Your photographs are the most important intellectual property you own as a photographer. You own what you capture with your camera, just as an artist owns what he or she paints, an author owns what he or she writes, and a musician owns what he or she composes.

Very simply, if your work is your own, then you own it as what is called an original work of authorship, whether it has been published or not. If someone else uses it with your permission, you still own it unless you specifically state in writing that you are assigning ownership to that person (typically for some form of compensation, which is also stated). Even if you assign someone exclusive use of an image, you still own the copyright unless otherwise articulated in writing.

In this LibGuide you will learn all about Copyright, its defintion and how it applies directly to you as a photographer.


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