Copyright - Similar or different?
May 19, 2009 7:26 AM Subscribe
If I put most of my photos in the public domain, how different does one of the photos need to be for me to *not* label it as public domain and retain copyright and try to sell it?
posted by y6y6y6 to Law & Government (7 answers total)
I have a website where I put all of my pictures up as pubic domain images with a Creative Commons license. That site is fine, and I'm happy with how it works. But I'm toying with the idea of trying to make some money from my photos. I think it would be easier/better to do that if the "for profit" photos were copyrighted by me. I doubt anyone will buy or license a photo that anyone can download and use for free.
I have two questions -
1) Let's say I take a series of photos of a sunset. One of the photos is really good and I decide to retain copyright. A few others in the series are not as good, and I decide to make those public domain. How different does the "for profit" photo need to be? Is a photo just taken a minute later (when the sun is lower) count as different? How about post production?
2) How much grief am I likely to get from someone who buys or licenses the photo over something like this? How different would the photos needs to be to avoid pissed off customers?