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graywhalejonah
Date Posted: Mar/14/2007 1:02 PM
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I have a question - If I take a picture that someone else took (either friend or studio), but I enhance/change it with words, softening the edges, change tint, etc., is it then my picture - like for copyright purposes? Would it make a difference if I took a picture of the picture or just scanned it in? I just didn't want to do it if it's illegal. This would be for my own personal use, not to sell or anything like that.

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E.
Date Posted: Mar/14/2007 1:37 PM
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The answer to all questions is "no". The copyright is owned by the person who took the photo unless they surrender those rights to some one else. You can mess with it all your want but you still would not hold the copyright to it.

However, if you just take a photo to mess with for a learning expierence and that photo never leaves your PC, who's to know????? That doesn't make it right however.

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scarman1313
Date Posted: Mar/14/2007 11:06 PM
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yes he is right

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BobF
Date Posted: Mar/23/2007 10:16 AM
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As with many things surrounding copyright, this is a bit of a grey area. It's one that's been debated heavily and if you do some research you'll find some examples. Collages are one example.

In general, E is right. That said, there are exclusions. Fair Use is one exclusion.

If this is something you want to do or consider doing, my recommendation would be to sit down with a lawyer who specialises in copyright and talk to him/her about it. Explain what you want to do and get a definitive answer. It'll cost you a few bucks but it could save you a lot of trouble later on.

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PhotoKathy
Date Posted: May/29/2007 9:26 AM
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IMO it is every photographer's responsibility to understand copyrights i.e. what it is, when/how a copyright is created, what violates it, and how to file for additional protection.

Learn at:
www.asmp.org --> Legal Resources section (link in the left side pane). Also important here is the info on talent/model releases.

www.copyright.gov --> US government Copyright office. Start with the links "Copyright Basics" and "FAQs".

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cafe
Date Posted: Aug/25/2016 6:18 AM
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Welcome to the PhotographyTips.com Forums, cafe. We have deleted your first post as inappropriate. This is not the place to advertise your business. All good wishes, Dan.

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 Message edited by: PhotographyTips.com moderator on 08/25/2016 12:30:23

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jannatul18
Date Posted: Sep/01/2016 6:18 AM
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Its really an old post, it would be awesome if the old posts get locked after a some period of times. So that we understand it before entering into the post.

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