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How To Protect Your Photos On The Internet? Rights, Licenses And Contracts

As you begin to gain experience as a photographer and see as you portrait photography tips and begin to become more professional, you are likely to begin to consider breaking the barriers of your computer and go out to show your art to the world. But: what if they rob you of those wonderful ideas and photographs that cost you so much to build?

The Internet represents an incredible opportunity for photographers because anyone in the world can be viewing a photograph of you seconds after you’ve posted it, you can even sell a photo to a person thousands of miles away or put together a virtual gallery for That the tourists of the network visit daily. Internet is the medium and your imagination is the limit, but: is it safe?

There is nothing better than a map to be able to navigate the sea of ​​Internet possibilities without getting lost on the way (or getting into trouble). Publishing and selling your photographs should stop being a utopia to become a reality.

How to protect your photos?

Despite the innumerable benefits and possibilities that the Internet gives photographers like you, to be able to take full advantage of them without suffering any fuss, it is necessary that you know both your rights when sharing your work and also your obligations to the work of others .

Blogs, social networks and online stores can be an excellent way to get to know you in the world of photography, but do you know what your rights are when you upload your photos and what precautions should you take in doing so?

The photographs are trimmed by what is known as “copyright and intellectual property” and each country has its legislation in that regard.

Your rights as a photographer

Law of copyrights and intellectual property:

Both in Spain and in other countries, laws run well behind the needs of citizens, and photographers are no exception. In fact, the Spanish intellectual property law, for example, was sanctioned in 1996 and is still in force today, despite the sudden changes in the medium in which photographers share their work.

With a simple Internet search you can access the text of the copyright law for your country. I recommend that you take a look to have a general notion of what your rights and obligations as author and citizen.

Types of licenses:

When you share your photos on the internet, what you should consider are the permissions that you are willing to give to people who can run into them. Since the authorship is inalterable the rights here in the game are those of use of your photos, that is to say, under which license of use you will share them.

Copyright: is the most used license of use and in which the author reserves each and every one of the rights on his work: only he can use, distribute or modify it. If a third party is interested in using one of your photos protected under this license, you must request an explicit permission or you must pay for the rights to use (never authored). Without your consent they can not use your photos, not even naming you as author.

This type of license is often used by large chains, companies and prestigious photographers, but also its popularity is that, if a photograph is shared without specification of the type of license of the same, it is automatically protected by the license Copyright

If you are a super jealous photographer of your work and you are a little reluctant to share your photographs on the internet, this type of license could give you a little more security when you do it.

• Copyleft: is a license in which the author allows his works to be used, copied and distributed with the only obligation to recognize the authorship of the works.

In spite of being a license that protects the copyright of your photographs, unlike the copyright licenses, these do not require any author authorization for their use. Just mentioning who is the author of the same is enough.

This type of licensing gave rise to the multiple types of licenses for distribution of digital content on the Internet, including the well-known Creative Commons.

Creative Commons why not?

If you’re taking your first steps as a photographer, you’re probably more interested in spreading your photos than making money from them. Believe it or not, the type of license you choose when sharing your photographs can influence the diffusion that reaches your work.

Sharing your work under more permissive licenses does not imply that they are not protected, but rather the opposite. It is more advisable and safe to share under Creative Commons licenses, than under the strict copyright: Why? Because controlling that nobody on the internet use your photographs without your permission is almost impossible and carrying out a trial can become very expensive.

On the contrary, offering some rights to your images does not seem to be a bad deal if you are guaranteed to get more publicity about your work. You can think of it as a “win, win” situation: you gain diffusion and those interested can use your photographs, under the conditions that you establish and recognizing yourself as the author of them.