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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

WIPO tips for photographers

The World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO") has a great article on the Legal Pitfalls in Taking or Using Photographs of Copyright Material, Trademarks and People (PDF version). Hat tip, I/P Update.

Table of Contents

1. MAKING PHOTOS OF COPYRIGHT MATERIAL
1.1 When do you need permission from the copyright owner?
1.2 Will the photograph contain an object that is protected by copyright?
1.3 Has the term of the copyright expired?
1.4 Will you use a “substantial part” of the work?
1.5 Will you do something that actually constitutes an act which the copyright owner has the exclusive right to make?
1.6 Does a special exception apply?
1.7 From whom do you need permission?
1.8 What if you reproduce a copyright work without permission?
1.9 Do you need to identify the author of the copyright works you capture in your photographs?
1.10 Can you make changes to a work?
1.11 Can you copy ideas from a copyright work?

2. MAKING PHOTOS OF TRADEMARKS
2.1 Can you freely take photographs that include trademarks?

3. MAKING PHOTOS OF PEOPLE
3.1 What should you bear in mind when photographing people?
3.2 Are people protected by intellectual property rights?
3.3 When is a permission particularly recommended?
3.4 Tips for Photographers

Related post.

Legal Books for Photographers:

Business and Legal Forms for Photographers

Legal Handbook for Photographers: The Rights and Liabilities of Making Images

The Law, In Plain English, For Photographers

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