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Podcast Episode Number: #023

Date Published: 07/21/2020

Episode Length: 47:01

Show Notes:

Seeing your images where they shouldn't be—like in an advertisement for a doggy day care you've never heard of—can leave you indignant and hungry for justice. You could deliver an angry swarm of bees to the offender's home address. Or, you could calm down, investigate your legal rights, and approach the problem with a professional and strategic response.

Longtime dog photographer Margaret Bryant recommends the latter. In this episode, Margaret explains the difference between copyrights and trademarks, derivative works and fair use, and most importantly, explains how to legally protect your work. We also talk about how to keep on the right side of karma by not unwittingly infringing on other artists' rights.

What To Listen For:

  • Why it's important to register your photos—and how to do it
  • What to do when someone steals your work (hint: don't send them an invoice!)
  • How to legally use music in your own videos and slideshows
  • Tips for educating your clients on copyright issues, to avoid problems down the road

If the thought of navigating the copyright registration process makes your head spin, you'll appreciate this short video Margaret made just for you. She breaks down the steps and walks you through how to register your images for maximum legal protection. Build copyright registration into your workflow and you'll rest easier at night, knowing that your intellectual property is as safe as can be in this crazy internet age.

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