Copyright in photography means that you own a image you created. The law says you created that image as soon as the shutter is released. The photographer who pushed the button owns the copyright. A photographer will own that copyright throughout their life and 25 years after that. Whether it’s photography on your hard drive, online portfolio or a post on your Instagram feed, with this ownership, you have exclusive right to your image according to the Copyright Law of USA.
1. Reproducing your photography
2. Preparing derivative work based on your photography
3. Distributing copies of your photography to the public
4. Publicly displaying your photography
Work for Hire is an exception to the rule
A work for hire relationship exists in two conditions
1. The photographer is an employee hired to take photographs for an employer. A photo-journalist employed by a newspaper is an example of work for hire.
2. The photographer is hired and signs a written contract that specifically states that the work is to be considered Work-for-Hire.
The Work-for-Hire agreement will relinquish any rights the photographer has to the work created for the client. So make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before signing on that dotted line.
Easiest way to protect your images on Format Portfolio
To enable image protection for your images on Format, you just need to visit your setting page. You will see a heading titled “Image Protection” under “Site”. You can choose either “on” or “off” with the slider. You will also be presented with a dialog box to input the text you’d like visitors of your site to see when they attempt to right-click or otherwise save an image from your site.