Registering Images by Photographers

One of the greatest caveats of being a photographer and getting your work out there is that it is almost impossible to put images on the internet and not have them stolen. There are avenues for recourse available but copyright law is not something very easy to navigate on your own. Talking to George Piggott is a good start. If you want to prevent image theft from happening to you, keep reading.

Almost every photographer has found one of their images reproduced online without their permission. The first question you might ask yourself is “how much money can I get for this infringement?” However, copyright law can be extremely difficult to understand and there are many common or case law rulings that factor in on how an image can be used fairly or commercially. In this fascinating video, the guys at RGG EDU sit down with Joe Naylor with Image Rights and fine art photographer Peter Coulson to discuss how photographers can protect their art.

This round table discussion is incredibly fascinating, and many parts of it might make your blood boil. Did you know that without registering your images with the U.S. Copyright Office, you are effectively throwing away your ability to be awarded money for statutory damages? Even though you technically own the copyright on any image you create the second you push the shutter, it is much more difficult to win a settlement if your images have not been registered within three months from the time they were first published. 

 In a court of law it is nearly impossible to prove how much monetary damage you have lost by someone stealing your images, but if your images are registered with the copyright office, you can claim statutory damage which has a set price per violation. Furthermore, registered images also open the door for you to recoup your legal fees which might not otherwise be negotiable.

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