Free Lesson #1

The Copyright Act protects photographers by giving the author (creator) of the photograph the exclusive right to copy, edit, reproduce and/or distribute image by sale or transfer. This includes the right to control the making of copies.

It is NOT legal for someone to copy any image of yours for any use, even private use, without permission from you the photographer. It is NOT legal for another photographer to create a photograph in such a way as to copy the art of your photograph. Your image is your art and duplicating it is illegal without your permission.

These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit, or share photographic prints and digital media without the photographer’s permission. Violators of this Federal Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

These laws apply to every photograph every person takes. The minute you take the picture you own the copyright to that image and no one can legally copy it without your permission. For added piece of mind you can register your images with the US Copyright Office.

For complete details please go to the US Copyright Office:


Free Lesson #2

Your Legal Responsibilities

"Can you be sued or arrested for taking pictures? Do you need a model release to publish your photos? Here's the lowdown on photography and the law by a photo-savvy lawyer."

This is a great article regarding your Legal Responsibilities as a Photographer when photographing people and places. The article is from the March 2003 issue of Popular Photography magazine.


Free Lesson #3

Archival Prints Myths & Facts

Prints displayed in a frame are NOT truly Archived.
What does “Archival” mean in today’s world of photography? I explain.

This PDF will explain the Facts about Archival Prints.



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