The Basics of Copyright Law As It Pertains to Photographers


Photo Repo addresses copyright law as it pertains to photographs and photographers, and everything in this chapter is based on Title 17 of the United States Code, actual court cases involving copyright issues, and law reviews and journals written by Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys. Topics include:

  • Benefits of Copyright Registration
  • Published vs. Unpublished Photographs
  • Effective Registration Dates
  • Statutory and Actual Damages
  • Innocent, Ordinary, and Willful Copyright Infringement
  • Removal of Copyright Management Information
  • Attorney Fees and Court Costs
  • Fair Use
  • Hotlinking (aka Inline Linking, aka Embedding)
  • Sovereign Immunity for States and Indian Nations
  • Section 512: Limitations to Liability Relating to Material Online