You Get What You Pay For . . .

Photographers love to shoot.  Some enjoy processing and printing their images. Unfortunately, most don’t enjoy the tedious process and filing fee required to register their copyrights for their photos with the U.S. Copyright Office.

But it’s worth it.  The odds are that your photos will be infringed.  And when they are infringed, you will be happy that you completed the process of registering your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office as you will be eligible for statutory damages of up to $150,000 for a willful infringing use.  See 17 USC §504(b) and (c).  You’ll also be eligible to get your legal fees and costs from the infringer.  See 17 USC §505.

So don’t be fooled by the “free and easy” claim by some websites that purport to “protect” your copyrights, such as one called: “MyFreeCopyright.com.”  This website claims that there are “3 Easy Steps to Protect your original creations that nobody is telling you about.”  The reason nobody is telling you about this is that it’s a waste of time and will cost you money if that’s what you do to protect your photographs.  Instead, check my June 20, 2010 blog entry for “Five Things You Can Do to Protect Your Online Images.”  You’ll be glad you did it the right way.

Thanks to Bruce Lukaszewicz for submitting this alert.

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