|Posted on April 4, 2015 at 12:40 AM|
Imagine you are driving along a major Interstate Highway and you see a Photo of your's on a Billboard-Media blasted for all to see! Would you feel Complimented or Insulted? I know how I'd feel-I would be livid! Why, because in that moment, I would realize my Copyright has just been Transgressed to say the least! I knew a Professional Photographer whom it happened to too! She investigated and found out who was responsible for that & was taken to Court! BTW, there are Punitive Damages for such Violations!
Do you realize that Professional or not, that No One Party has the Right nor the privilege of using a Photo of your's unless they have Written Permission whether, via a Licensing/Leasing Agreement (Short or Long term), or outright Selling it to another party-Hopefully they have made it a worthwhile Profit to you as well? Do you realize also if you have been deceased, that a Family Member needs to have approved of that in Writing?
Under Federal Copyright laws you are entitled to depending on the variation of the Law(s) broken:
"...Statutory damages.—The injured party may elect, at any time, before final judgment is rendered, to recover, instead of actual damages and profits, an award of statutory damages for each violation of subsection (a) in a sum of not less than $2,500 or more than $25,000, as the court considers appropriate". (From the Federal Copyright Law Website) Furthermore, there even could be Imprisonment!In any case, you can always reference the Federal
Copyright Website @:
Hope this all has been very helpful; I will be distributing Copyright Literature from PPA to Printing Retail Distributors in my own Community, inclusive of the Chamber of Commerce!
Though, I am not an Attorney, if you have any questions, I'd be happy to, either provide the answer or inquire from a Copyright Attorney!
Have a Great Day!
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