COPYRIGHT means that any artist, photographer, developer, etc., has the right to protect his or her created work. That applies to the work of adults as well as children. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
- To reproduce the work in copies
- To prepare derivative works based upon the work
- To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
- To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work;
Who Owns The Copyright To A Photograph? Under United States Copyright Protection, a photographer owns the copyright to work that he or she has created.
The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is “created” when it is fixed in a copy for the first time. “Copies” are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly such as a photograph or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, videotape, or microfilm. In accordance with Federal and International Copyright Law all of Wallowa Valley Online’s images are automatically copyright protected upon creation. This means we, Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika Designs and/or Angelika Dietrich, own and control all rights to all images whether they are printed photographs or digital images on our website. It is unlawful to reproduce or duplicate images in any form, by any means, without the prior written permission of Eagle Cap Media Productions, Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika Designs and/or Angelika Dietrich
That also means:
* If YOU take a photography of your family, your pet or anything else, you – you, the photographer holds copyrights to that product.
* Nobody is therefore allowed to take your work,* and claim it to be their own
* Sell it for any amount of money without your approval
* Make copies of your work without your approval
* Or even distribute it for FREE to anybody without your approval.
What does that copyrights mean on the Internet?
You may not download any image or text of any kind without the prior approval from the original author. That is the person who has created the work. The information that is automatically downloaded into the “Cache” file on your computer is not an excuse for extracting the information for personal or business use. The images and text files in the “cache” are only for the computer to be able to process information a lot faster while you are on the Internet. Manually extracting and using these files for personal or business use is considered “copyright violation” or “stealing somebody else’s work”, because you didn’t get their prior approval first.
How Long Does The Copyright Last? A work that is created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author’s life plus an additional 70 years after the author’s death.
Why do we need copyrights?
Anyone who creates photography, writes books, etc. spends a lot of time in doing so. Photographers spend hundreds of hours taking thousands of pictures. Only a few of those pictures actually make it in quality for resale.
* If you decide to download an image from the Internet, or copy a picture to sell it to somebody else without paying the photographer first, you are stealing from that photographer. That applies also, if you decide just to give it away for free! So please, don’t rationalize your theft with “helping” the copyright owner by advertising their work for FREE. We will decide when and where we want to advertise, display or “give away” our photos.
That also means:
If you copy software and give it to friends, family, businesses including non-profit either for money or for free, you are stealing from the person that took the picture(s).
Try and put yourself in the shoes of artists or anybody who has spend hours and hours creating photography, music, novels, etc etc. If somebody else gives YOUR work away for free or sells it without your permission, that person receives the money that you should get! It would be the same as if your or your parents go to work and just don’t get paid any money, because your boss thinks you should do it for free.
Downloading Images for personal or business use, including non-profit from the Internet without prior approval….
Making Copies of somebody else’s work to give away for free or for money….
IS NOT COOL!!!! IT’S STEALING
If you have any more questions on copyrights, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org