There seems to be confusion concerning Copyright Law and Photographs. I figured I’d attempt to clear it up.
If you want to read all the ‘technical stuff’ about Copyright Law go here. But I’ll spare you the technical words and confusion and give you a synopsis of what Copyright means to us.
On the back of every picture we print is a sticker like the one above. If you were to take this picture to a local printer (Meijer, Walgreens, WalMart, etc.) they would not make re-prints for you.
Unfortunately, with the development of high quality Scanners and Photo Quality Printers, a professionally created and copyrighted image has never been easier to copy in the comfort of your own home. We have to trust that our clients understand the Copyright Law and that they will not copy our prints anywhere.
What exactly do you mean when you say Copying? (glad you asked) Copying means reproducing the work in any material form. This can include storing on disks or making copies. It is not necessary for the whole of a work to be reproduced – the reproduction of a substantial part will suffice. Purchasing a print does not transfer the Copyright.
Basically, all this means that any photography by Modern Photographics is protected from copying, scanning or reproduction under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976.
We usually find out when a copy has been made, either online (facebook, myspace, blogger, etc) or in print, and we handle each copyright infringement as we see necessary.
I hope I was able to clear that up.
But, just in case: