Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images

Book description

Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing & Sharing Digital Images will help photographers build best practices for copyright registration and management into their existing image processing workflows using the popular Adobe® Creative Cloud™ software suite. Part legal manual, part software manual, the book will go beyond existing offerings in the “copyright for photographers” space by providing step-by-step guidance on protecting, managing, and enforcing intellectual property rights in their images using specific software tools.

Written by a photographer, who is also serves a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office, there is no other resource better equipped to help photographers through this essential, yet hard-to-tackle, topic!

The book’s workflow approach capitalizes on widespread interest in the photography community in copyright protection and enforcement, enhancing digital workflows, and popular workflow software such as Lightroom®, Photoshop®, and Acrobat®.

This book is focused on U.S. copyright laws and requirements. Readers outside the U.S. may find it useful if they intend to register their images in the United States, or post images to websites based in the United States.

Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Image Credits
    1. Cover
    2. Table of Contents
    3. Introduction
    4. Chapter 1
    5. Chapter 2
    6. Chapter 3
    7. Chapter 4
    8. Chapter 5
    9. Chapter 6
    10. Chapter 7
    11. Chapter 8
  8. Introduction
    1. The Plight of the Digital Photographer
    2. The Paradox of “Getting It Out There”
    3. Copyright’s Perception Problem
    4. Specific Challenges for Photographers
      1. Lack of effective enforcement tools
      2. An outdated registration system
    5. The Digital Reality
  9. Chapter 1. Copyright Basics
    1. A Very Brief History of Copyright Law
    2. What Copyright Protects
    3. Who Owns the Copyright
    4. How Long Copyright Protection Lasts
    5. The “Bundle of Rights” Copyright Provides
    6. Copyright Limitations and Exceptions
      1. Ideas versus expression
      2. First sale
      3. Fair use
    7. What Happens When a Copyright Is Infringed
    8. The Purpose of Copyright Registration
  10. Chapter 2. Foundations of Copyright Management
    1. Camera Considerations
    2. Import Considerations
    3. Preparing to Register
      1. Published or unpublished?
      2. Determining the filing type
      3. Registering edited work
      4. Building routine registration practices
  11. Chapter 3. Online Registration Using eCO
    1. How to Establish an Account with eCO
    2. The Registration Process
      1. Filing a single application for a single image
      2. Filing a standard application for a single image
      3. Filing an application for an unpublished collection
    3. What Happens Next
  12. Chapter 4. Registration Using Paper Forms
    1. The Necessary Forms
    2. Preparing Form VA
      1. Space 1
      2. Space 2
      3. Space 3
      4. Space 4
      5. Space 5
      6. Space 6
      7. Space 7
      8. Space 8
      9. Space 9
    3. Preparing the Continuation Sheet and Deposit Copies
      1. The continuation sheet
      2. Deposit copies
    4. Preparing the Payment and Mailing the Application
    5. What Happens Next?
  13. Chapter 5. After Applying for Registration
    1. Handling Questions from the Copyright Office
      1. Inquiries about your application
      2. Refusal to register
    2. Maintaining Your Records
      1. Registration certificates and deposits
      2. Updating your Lightroom catalog
    3. Updating the Public Record
      1. Recording transfers, licenses, and other documents
      2. Changing existing registrations
  14. Chapter 6. Sharing, Selling, and Licensing Images
    1. Three Principles of Online Image Distribution
      1. Make your work very easy to access
      2. Make your work a little bit difficult to steal
      3. Be reasonable
    2. Other Considerations
      1. Terms of service
      2. Metadata issues
      3. Creative Commons
  15. Chapter 7. Monitoring and Enforcement
    1. Identifying Unauthorized Uses
    2. Dealing with Unauthorized Use
      1. Notice and takedown
      2. Cease and desist letters
      3. Litigation
  16. Chapter 8. Pulling It All Together
    1. Phase 1: Planning and Setup
    2. Phase 2: Registration and Records Management
    3. Phase 3: Sharing and Monitoring
    4. The Big Picture
  17. Appendices. Resources and References
    1. Appendix A. Resources
      1. Books
        1. The business of photography
        2. Copyright and other relevant laws
        3. Adobe Lightroom and workflow
      2. Blogs and Podcasts
        1. Photography and the business of photography
        2. Copyright and media in general
      3. Groups and Associations
      4. Online Resources
    2. Appendix B. Statutory and Regulatory References
  18. Index

Product information

  • Title: Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: October 2014
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780133904192