Photography and Copyright: Complete guide for photographers
What you'll learn
- This course will help every photographer to gain the necessary knowledge how to use copyright in order to protect and profits from his or her photos
- You will understand why copyright is important in the case of photography as a whole
- This course will present you with the requirement for copyright protection, how it arises and what is the term of protection
- You will learn what are the particular rights that every photographer has over an image
- You will learn what is fair use of photographs
- You will learn some rules and tips which prevent the photographer from facing legal proceedings when taking photos
- The course will give information on what photographers can do to protect their images on the Internet
- You will learn how a photographer can make business based on copyright or creative common licenses and assignment agreements
- You will learn what are the most essential elements of the copyright licenses
- You will learn what is a copyright infringement and how photographers can enforce their rights in such cases
- No prior knowledge is required
- No specific materials are required for this course
- You need a laptop, internet connection and a browser
- Good understanding of English language
Welcome to the course “Photography & Copyright - A Complete guide for photographers”
Nowadays photography has become extremely popular both from a creative and business point of view.
With the advent of new modern technology and the internet as a whole, photography is one of the most trendy areas for professional development.
That’s why every photographer needs to learn not only how to become more creative and skillful from a technical perspective, but also how to manage his or her works from a business and legal point of view.
This course is designed to teach photographers how copyright law can help them to control and benefit from their images in order to build a sustainable business model out of this profession.
Why is copyright so important for photography as a whole?
There are two main reasons.
First of all, copyright is a legal framework that protects every artistic work, including photographs, against their unauthorized use.
Copyright gives every photographer a tool to control the way his/her photos can be used and to prevent all sorts of infringing activities.
The idea behind copyright as a legal concept is to provide authors with an incentive for the creation of different works such as literature, artistic works (including photographs, paintings, sculptures), musical works, sound recordings, films, and broadcasts, etc.
In that way, the photographers can create new works relying on copyright protection to receive a proper income from their original works.
This is crucial because without such rights it would be near impossible for photographers to make their living because everyone would be able to use their works for free.
The second reason is that copyright gives photographers a ground for making business with their photos. That is to say, copyright stipulates particular rules that allow business transactions with copyrighted images.
If we have to summarize all benefits that copyright provides photographers with we can say that:
It gives legal protection over photographs;
Photographers can control who, how, when, and where can use their photos;
Photographers can claim authorship over their photos based on the law;
Copyright provides rules for commercial exploitation of photos;
Copyright ensures that photographers can make their living based on the created images;
Copyright serves as an additional stimulus for the photographers to continue doing their creative work in the future.
The materials available in this course are for educational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice or opinion. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. The aim of this course is to teach you about the most essential elements of copyright protection over photos. The particular protection and rules for licensing of rights over images can vary depending on the national legislation in the relevant country. The opinions expressed at or through this course are the opinions of the individual author only.
Who this course is for:
- Individual photographers
- Photograph agencies
- Marketing agencies and experts
- Different artists, designers and freelancers
- Everyone with an interest in the field of using or selling photos
Ventsi Stoilov is an intellectual property expert from Bulgaria, a European Union Member State, with more than 12 years’ extensive experience in the field of management and protection of trademarks, industrial designs, internet domain names, and copyright.
Ventsi holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in intellectual property management as well as a certificate by the World Intellectual Property Organisation which is part of the UN.
He has passed the exam that qualified him to be an Industrial property representative before the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO) and the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Ventsi has a corporate background in managing an intellectual property portfolio. He is currently a University lecturer in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he lectures in intellectual property management.
Ventsi is a skillful intellectual property strategist who has worked on many corporate IP projects on national and international levels such as in the EU, the US, and Australia, etc.