From the PACA – The Picture Agency Council of America
- The moment a photograph is created, it is protected by copyright. Use the copyright notice (©, year of publication, name).
- The photographer has the exclusive right to authorize use of a photograph during his/her lifetime plus 70 years.
- Written permission to use a photograph should be obtained in advance to avoid infringement.
- Infringement is any unauthorized use of a photograph, absent some exemption such as fair use or limited classroom use.
- Exceeding the terms of a license is an infringement. You should obtain a new license before making any new uses of a photograph.
- Penalties for infringement are monetary and can be severe.
- Combining or altering photographs may require permission from the copyright holders.
- Creating a painting or a sculpture from a photograph is an exclusive right of the copyright owner and you should obtain permission first.
- Reshooting or replicating a photograph is an unauthorized copy and requires permission from the copyright owner.
- Using all or some of a photograph as reference for a second work may require permission from the copyright owner.
We strive to follow these principles and hope that you will too.