November 19, 2018
Originally posted 2018-11-19 11:19:52
By Emerald Anderson | Editor: Kristen Daly | www.amdlawgroup.com
When people take pictures, the focus has always been on their looks and the quality of the picture. To a large extent, one may assume that people do not even question the ownership rights to those pictures unless an issue arises that begins to turn into a lawsuit.
Issues of ownership and property rights are gradually becoming a popular topic among business owners as risks of lawsuits and legal action are on the rise.
In the United States, images and photos fall under Intellectual Property; thus, the photographer is automatically regarded as the owner of the images even if he or she is not present in the pictures. The only condition in which this would be different is when the person taking the pictures is an employee, is using the equipment of the employer and is being paid by the employer. The employer may choose to give unlimited license of the pictures to whomever requested they be taken but, the photographer remains the legal owner of the resulting pictures.
With this in mind, below are a few tips and advice to follow if you are interested in the ownership/rights of pictures you have taken.
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