Mark Muntean Photography
fine art and equestrian show photography
Most people are aware that there are copyright laws that may apply to a photographer's work, but many are unaware of how the laws work. Here is a simple summary of copyright law basics and our policies regarding our work.
All of our work is copyrighted. We retain the copyright to all of our images, and we may register our images with the Library of Congress.
When you purchase a print of an image from us, we provide you with the actual print, and grant you the right to display the print for viewing for non-commercial purposes.
Unless otherwise specifically authorized, you may not scan, duplicate, copy, or publish the image in any manner without authorization - you own the print, not the rights to the original image.
If you wish to use the image for other purposes such a personal website, advertising, or other publication, please contact us with your request. We charge nominal fees for most use, and may waive licensing fees certain personal/non comercial use in exchange for credits and a link to our website.
We can provide you with an original digital file optimized for your target use. We prefer to do this rather than have you scan a print to assure that our work gets the best possible presentation - we can produce a much better image from the original file.
Please join us and help support the artists that produce the work that you enjoy - honor copyright laws. Your support is key to allowing us and other artists to produce the works we all enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the copyright owner of a photograph?Under U.S. law, the creator of a photographic image automatically owns the copyright to that image. The image may also optionally be registered with the library of congress, but this is not required. Copyright registration provides the copyright holder with additional important mechanisms for enforcing copyright laws.
What potential uses of an image do copyrights cover?Copyrights apply to all potential uses of an image, including the right to display, scan, duplicate, publish, or use for commercial purposes. These rights are by default retained by the copyright owner - unless they are specifically granted by contract.
When I buy a print, don't I own it and all the rights to it?When you purchase a printed copy of an image, you acquire the physical print and the right to display and use the print for non-commercial purpose. All other rights of use, including duplication, publication, scanning, etc. are reserved. If you would like to use the image in some other manner, please contact us an request copyright authorization.
Where do copyright laws come from?Copyright laws are not new - they have a long and rich history. They were understood to be so important by our founding fathers that the U.S. Constitution itself actually grants the Congress of the United States the right to create copyright laws. Over the years, congress has drafted and revised copyright laws.
What do I need to do to copyright an image?In the United States, the creator or author of an original work automatically owns the the copyright to that work. Others may not use that work in any manner without the expressed permission of the copyright holder.
The copyright owner may also optionally register their work with the copyright office of the library of congress. Copyright does not require this registration, if the work is registered however the copyright owner will have additional rights to support copyright law enforcement.
If I hire a photographer to take photos, don't I own the rights to use those images as I choose?No... not unless the photographer assigns those rights to you explicitly through a written contract or other agreement.
How can I find out more about copyright laws?A good resource is the web site of the United States Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov. This web site contains descriptions of copyright law.
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