Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by silentnviolent, Dec 2, 2015.
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To the best of my knowledge, all you have to do is write copyright on the photo itself and it's legally binding. At least that's what I was taught in college. You can do it digitally.
You don't even have to do that. If you take a photo, you own it. That said, you may well forfeit some rights by posting it on various sites(read their terms of service!) but you don't have to mark an image to own it.
The last time I looked (which was a little while ago) the process was not free, it involved paperwork and also took some time. Most people choose not to follow the process due to the hassle and many feel that the chance of infringement doesn't outweigh the effort of going through the registration process, but that will vary by situation.
I have a medal that seems very scarce. The only images of it at all anywhere online are part of the MN Historical Society. There is a copyrighted image of the piece in their museum and they want $7 to use their image. I want to have the same type of ownership before posting an image anywhere of it.
It is correct that you own what you create as long as you aren't getting paid to create it. The copyright symbol is an abbreviated universal symbol usually followed by an abbreviated owners name. It simply states that you own the photograph or any other creation you own. Do you have to put it on there to own it? No. A photograph or any other printed work is easier to prove its yours, if your name is on it.
I checked on the company and told them it was all right to use it.
In the past when I noticed that some of my coin images were used on ebay, I had to ask them to remove them. Some complied, however a good number of them refused to do so. It used to be a lot easier to report to ebay to take them down but now you have to sign paperwork to declare that the images are yours to start off with.
http://www.copyright.gov/eco/ and it costs $35 last time I did it. Send small (500px) sized images zipped into an archive. The site is a bit confusing, you start with "register a claim".
If you Google it you'll find more than you want to read. And if you do try and read it you'll probably become so confused that you'll just give up. But the basics can be found here, in simple, easy to understand language - http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/property/library/copyprimer.html
CoinTalk is the only forum, that I'm aware of anyway, that even tries to enforce copyright law, and we do. And that enforcement is based on what you can find at the link provided. And if there is question, well, we use our best judgement. Which is about all we can do.
I do not have a citation at the moment, but I'll see what I can dig up tonite after work.
Do you need to update your sig to 333 production varieties after MSNS? It was good to see you there.
If I read between the lines, a watermark in the photo would constitute originality to the photo. That actually brings a better understanding now for me as to why I see so many photos with watermarks.
Now, how do you watermark your photos?
Ask either @blu62vette or @messydesk
A watermark isn't necessary for copyright enforcement. It just makes it difficult for someone else to use your picture.
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