The Advantages of Trademark Registration
by Carolyn E. Wright | January 3, 2010

Trademarks (or servicemarks) allow people to identify the source of goods or services, not the products or services themselves. When people see your trademark, they will know where the product came from or who is providing the service. Trademarks can be names, symbols, packaging, the shape of a...

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The Fuss About Fair Use
by Carolyn E. Wright | May 1, 2008

These days, photographers are likely to find one or more of their images used without permission. One defense is often that it is a “fair use.” The challenge is determining whether the unauthorized use is an infringement or fair use. While only a court of law can make that decision,...

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act Damages
by Carolyn E. Wright | September 1, 2007

Copyright infringement is much too common these days. To reap the big statutory rewards (of at least $750 and up to $150,000 for willful infringements, plus costs and attorneys’ fees) from prosecuting infringements, you must have registered your photograph with the U.S. Copyright Office pr...

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Licensing Your Copyright
by Carolyn E. Wright | February 28, 2007

When you own the copyright of a photograph, you have complete and exclusive control of how it is reproduced, displayed and distributed. These rights may be assigned, sold, transferred or given away. But if you give a slide to a publisher, email a digital file to a client, or sell a print at an a...

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Contracts For Your Photography Business
by Carolyn E. Wright | November 1, 2006

The following is an excerpt from Carolyn E. Wright’s book, The Photographer’s Legal Guide.

What is a Contract? Most hobbyists and all professional photographers need to use contracts to protect themselves and their business. A contract is a legally enforceable agreement enter...

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Tax Time for Photographers
by Heather Forcier and Rich Ennis | February 1, 2006

Many photographers in the United States find themselves confused at tax time regarding their federal and state reporting obligations. There is no substitute for consulting with an accountant and lawyer regarding your business concerns. However, it does help to be informed in preparation for thes...

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