Watermarks and Ownership of Photos

In General Terms

Presently I allow you to freely use my photos personally and commercially if photo and watermark remain unaltered. Altering photo or removing watermark may only be done by licensing the rights to my photo. Using photos in any unauthorized way is prohibited and a violation of copyright laws. If this is the first time you have heard this sort of language I encourage you to research Photographers Copyrights.

Watermarks

The best way I can protect my images from unauthorized use is by watermarking my photos. I have watermarks on my photos for two important reasons. To use my photos, without a watermark, you need to pay for the rights to the photos.

  1. Copyright information embedded in photos can be removed by doing screen shots and other methods
  2. Promotion of my business

Commercial Use

Profiting from photo use may include promotion of products or any other promotion or advertising. Trading or bartering photos or anything of value is profiting and prohibited. To profit from my photos, without a watermark, you need to pay for the rights to the photos. Price varies depending on market, picture value and other circumstances. Contact me.

Personal Use

Sharing with friends on social media and anyway that is not commercial use. To use my photos, without a watermark, you need to pay for the rights to the photos. Rights to photos start at $100 per photo for lifetime. Pricing and terms subject to change without notice.

Copyrights

The photographer owns the rights to the photo unless a separate contract is purchased for the rights of ownership. The Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. In “Trade for Print” or TFP shoots, where neither photographer nor model is getting paid, the photographer still owns the copyright. A photographer will own that copyright throughout their life and 70 years afterwards.