Photo copyright question

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  • 10-21-2008, 12:43 PM
    A.M.D.A.
    Photo copyright question
    If I copy a photo that is being used to illustrate a product in another website, for example, Adorama, then use it to illustrate an article of mine about that product - would this be a copyright infringment or would it qualify as "fair use"?

    Any insight/advice sure would be appreciated.:)
  • 10-21-2008, 02:33 PM
    SmartWombat
    Re: Photo copyright question
    Quote:

    would this be a copyright infringment?
    Ask a lawyer - I'm not one.
    Prepare to open your wallet and say after me "help yourself" if you do.

    Having said that IANAL - here's my opinion.

    Depends who took the photo.
    If it was taken by Adorama, no.
    If it's a press photo from the manufacturer - definitely OK if you get it from them.
    Dubious if you copy it from somewhere else.


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    What if there is no watermark or copyright notice next to the photo?
    Everything is copyright, it's harder to enforce without a notice, but without it doesn't mean people can steal it with impugnity.
    There is a provision for "fair use" of copyright material but that applies mainly to research/academic use and has fairly strict limitations.
  • 10-21-2008, 04:23 PM
    A.M.D.A.
    Re: Photo copyright question
    Thanks SmartWombat.:)
  • 10-21-2008, 09:53 PM
    brmill26
    Re: Photo copyright question
    Paul is right, as usual. That's at best dubious; I'd not do it. Either use a press photo from the manufacturer (since they exist for the purpose of promoting the item) or take one of your own.
  • 10-22-2008, 05:21 PM
    A.M.D.A.
    Re: Photo copyright question
    Thanks brmill26.:)

    I usually take my own photos of equipment, so that's what I'll probably do if I need one.