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US Copyright Important Information.

Sun Mar 09, 2003 3:51 am

Seems this subject comes up quite a bit. I have done some limited research, and found this in the 2003 edition of Photographer's Market.

"The Importance of Registration.." "The fact that an image is automatically copyrighted does not mean that it shouldn't be registered. You cannot even file a copyright infringement suit until you've registered your work. Also, without timely registration of your images, you can only recover actual damages-money lost as a result of sales by the infringer plus any profits the infringer earned." "Registration allows you to recover certain damages to which you otherwise would not be legally entitled." Example-attorney fees and court costs and statutory damages.

To register your work, contact the Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress, Washington DC 20559, (202) 707-9100, and ask for Form VA (works of visual art).

Registration costs $30, but you can register large quantities for that fee.

Not sure how this works in other countries, but may be helpful to those of us in the US.

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RE: US Copyright Important Information.

Sun Mar 09, 2003 4:18 am

It's more or less the same here in Portugal. If I want to receive copyright rights from one photo of mine I have to register it first. In other words it's a pain in the ass because I don't want to register hundreds of photos. Of course I can ask a fee for any use of my work but that's slightly different, if I have a photo registered on the Authors Society I can benefit from legal support.

Quite frankly, seeing all these copyright cases we suffer from time to time, I'm more and more convinced we're on the weaker side (it happens with me also but I don't come here everytime I have a photo request as others like to do, or praise).

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RE: US Copyright Important Information.

Sun Mar 09, 2003 5:14 am

AFAIK there is no registration/deposit requirement in the UK. There IS a requirement for publishers to deposit works with designated copyright libraries, but this has no bearing on the author's rights.


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RE: US Copyright Important Information.

Sun Mar 09, 2003 12:41 pm

There is no requirement to register any work here in the U.S., and it has no bearing on the author's rights either. But if you do register, and then the work is misused, you then have additional rights to monetary claims.


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