Respecting Other's Copyrights – The Saga Continues

It’s sometimes difficult for photographers to take a photograph that doesn’t contain another copyrighted work. While it may fall under fair use, photographers must be careful to not infringe another’s copyright. But when the photograph is meant to record the entirety of the other creative work, you can get into a bit of trouble.

Take, for example, the photographer who made a book containing photographs of graffiti. The New York Times has the full story. He intended to share these beautiful works with others. He suffered under the misconception that many have – if art is freely accessible to the public, it must be ok to shoot. But it’s not. See my prior blog here for another example. Note that not being able to track down the artists is not an excuse.

The publisher has now pulled the book off of the shelf. It is astounding that no one, including the publisher, realized that the photos infringed on the graffiti artist’s work. Perhaps this lesson will show how we must learn about respecting copyrights – ours and others.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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