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Aug 17, 2006

10 Common Misconceptions of the Law for Photographers

True or False:

1. You do not need permission to photograph a work of art that is in a public area.
2. A news publication may use your photograph without your permission because it is fair use.
3. You need a model release to use a photograph of a person on a book cover.
4. If you make money from a print, it is a commercial use.
5. You need a property release to use a photograph of a house for a commercial use.
6. You have no copyright protection for your photos until you register them.
7. Statues and other works of art on federal or state property are in the public domain.
8. Photographs of works in the public domain also are in the public domain.
9. If a stock agency requires a model or property release, then it must be legally required.
10. If you take a photograph while working, the copyright to the photograph always belongs to the employer.

If you believe that any of the above are true, then you can learn more about how to protect your photographic rights and your work.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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