In 2005, one of the world's largest video game developers/publishers published an AAA computer/video game which appears to contain photographs I took and displayed on one of my websites which were copied directly and obviously into the game as textures. I just discovered the situation this year. Would it be likely that a lawyer could do anything about this in terms of securing payment/recognition/??? for this use of my copyrighted photographs? If so, what kind of lawyer or law firm should I be looking for and what are the typical hiring arrangements (e.g. am I likely to have to pay up front, or is this kind of thing typically taken on contingency)? Looking for general information here, not legal advice. [more inside]
My spouse is trying to submit their D.Phil thesis to an online research archive. Archive wants all content to not be in breach of copyright. Thesis has a photograph in it which requires copyright permission but we're stumped on how to get it. What now? [more inside]
Is it violating copyright to scan a photo from an art photography book, have it printed at a larger size, and frame and display it on your wall at home? Is it ethically problematic? Would a reputable print shop do it for you? [more inside]
I have a friend to runs a pizza place and I am helping him with his menu. We had a question about the legality (in terms of copyright or whatever) when using trademarked items on his menu that he also sells. [more inside]
Someone has asked to license a photo I took of someone else's art. I have no right to the artist's work; I took the photo at a museum. I have no intention of licensing my photo unless and until appropriate arrangements are made with the artist and museum. How to proceed? [more inside]
I recently received a request to use a photo I posted on flickr for the cover of an album of 'library music'. The person asking for permission stated that he's "...working on an independent production music album...." What are such collections?
I want to create artwork based on copyrighted photos of public figures. Can I do this? [more inside]
In regards to this question, I got to thinking about best practices regarding posting photo's of other people, especially children, on my photo-heavy blog, and would like insight on this. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any services that protect and/or monitor original images online from unauthorised or unlicensed use? [more inside]
Do I have the right to enforce my copyright on product photos taken whilst employed by the manufacturer?
What are my rights regarding photos taken of a company's products while I was employed there? [more inside]
Copyrighted image found on our website; photographer wants big bucks - what should we do? [more inside]
If I photograph a product and use it in a publishing project, what legal redress would the manufacturer have if they decided to sue me? [more inside]
Does photography and reproduction of a publicly displayed sign fall under fair use? [more inside]
What are the best searchable sources for copyright-free historical and other images? I know about Wikimedia Commons, about searching for Creative Commons licensed material on Flickr, and about some regional repositories such as the Washington State Digital Archives (where I work). What other good sources are out there? Google searches lead me to subscription databases of stock photos.
Do I have to remove photos from Flickr if I put it up for sale on istockphoto? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
CopyrightFilter: I was taking a photo in a bookstore and I was reprimanded by a clerk for copyright infringement. What exactly are the legalities of photographing books? [more inside]
I'm clueless about rights issues when it comes to how things work between photographer & subject, and as a performer I need to learn. If no release was signed at a photoshoot, who has what rights? [more inside]
Some friends and I are into Urban Exploration. We're photographers who enjoy this subject quite a bit. We've been considering writing a book of pictures and a few stories of various sites we have done. I am curious if anyone knows the legal ramifications of publishing such a book? The idea is there would be pictures of sites we did not have permission to photograph. These are sites where 'no trespassing' signs have been clearly posted and alternative measures have been used to gain entrance. Note:: No breaking and entering or burgulary methods were used. Available entrances only. This question is on the legality of publishing said book, please no flames or discussion on the legal issues surrounding urbex itself. Thanks in advance.
I need to make a simple contract in which I photograph something and the resulting images end up in the public domain. [more inside]
I am a photographer. My photographs are currently on a website that I used to work with but have since had a disagreement. I own the copyright to my images and would like the website to remove them. They are being very slow in their response as removing the images will create very negative publicity for them. I have maintained their website for the last 4 years and have full admin access to their dedicated server. If I log in and remove my images, could I be accused of misuse of computers? [more inside]
My dad wants me to modify the Tank Man photo on photoshop to apply to some local activism he's involved with. He's just informed me he wants to put it on a T-shirt. Could we get sued? [more inside]
I've read through the AskMe archives, and I didn't really find an answer to my question. We found a photo on Flickr that we want to use as a banner on the site for our new production of a play that is in the public domain. I've mocked up the banner and tried to contact the owner of the photo. . . but what if she doesn't contact us back? [more inside]
Does anyone have any info on Sheila (Turner) Seed? I need to clear the copyrights for some of her material for a work project, and am having the damndest luck tracking any info down... (more info on who she is and what I already know inside) [more inside]
Photographers and graphic designers: How much do you worry about people stealing and/or taking credit for your work? [more inside]
Related to an earlier question, but a local paper took one of my photos, altered it to remove my copyright mark, and then printed/posted it with an article. [more inside]