All photos are Copyrighted to © Jesse Watrous

Understanding Copyright Laws

A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.

Copyright is a property right. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, the owner of the “work” is generally the photographer or, in certain situations, the employer of the photographer. Even if a person hires a photographer to take pictures of a wedding, for example, the photographer will own the copyright in the photographs unless the copyright in the photographs is transferred, in writing and signed by the copyright owner, to another person. The subject of the photograph generally has nothing to do with the ownership of the copyright in the photograph. If the photographer is no longer living, the rights in the photograph are determined by the photographer’s will or passed as personal property by the applicable laws of interstate succession.

Information from The Law Tog.

Use of photos without written permission from Jesse Watrous, will result in sending a CEASE AND DESIST LETTER or a LETTER OF INTENT from our attorney.

If you're unsure if you can use the photo in any way by Jesse Watrous, please contact us first.

Due to the high amount of Copyright Infringement because clients do not know or understand the Photographers legal rights, contacting us first will save you from embarrassment and/or legal actions.

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