Copyright or Wrong – Ownership Issues

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design

This article considers copyright considers for photographers including how long copyright lasts for, what can be protected and how.

Firstly, what is copyright? Copyright is a generic term that covers the rights of creators of ‘works’ including photographs, drawings, painting and artworks, literature, music, films and written works.

A clear distinction exists between the copyright in a work and the ownership of the physical article in which the work exists. For example, a photographer may own the copyright of a negative, even though the physical photograph might be owned by the person who has commissioned or purchases the photograph.


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