The thing and the rights — The Legal Genealogist

… copyrights, that is … Reader Mindy Jarrett just ran head-first into one of the most common — and yet most perplexing — copyright problems to plague genealogists. 1,090 more words

via The thing and the rights — The Legal Genealogist.

It’s important to understand that owning a photo, book, etc. doesn’t translate to owning copyright of said item and she does a great job of making the point.

I owned photos of family members taken by a professional photo chain. The contract made it clear they owned the copyright to those photos. The chain would have no problem suing me for copyright violation if I posted those items on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any other social media platform. In my example, I paid the photo studio to take the photos.

In a different example, my graduation photos taken by a different chain I can use online for one simple reason. When they sent me the still photos, they included several options: photos, downloadable photos, CD photos, and one unusual option. The first three (3) options made it clear that the studio chain retained copyright to my graduation photos. I don’t remember what the last option was called, but it was $85 to purchase and gave me the right to use the photos however the chain retained copyright if they wanted to use the photos for promos or other purposes.  . It didn’t include any photos in the price, other than the proof images that were sent. I decided $85 was worth the price since I gained the ability to do whatever I wanted with the photos. It was only $10 more than the cheapest photo package.


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Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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