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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Industry Seminar: "What Every Artist Should Know About Copyright and Releases"

Thursday, March 22 - 1:30PM to 2:45PM
Grand Ballroom A

Whether you are creating images for an exhibition, to share online, to publish traditionally, for commercial application or to teach a photography course; you need to understand the basics of copyright law, releases and privacy rights. These topics are related and together determine what can and cannot be used. These issues are not black and white and require consideration constantly. For example, you may own the copyright to an image of a person, but without a signed model release by your subject there is little you can do with that image. Conversely, if you have a model release, but signed your copyrights over to a client or created the work for your employer, you have no rights to the image and therefore cannot use it without permission from the copyright holder.


Richard Kelly
Richard Kelly
Susan Carr
Susan Carr

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