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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dmwphoto, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. I sent off 500 images to the library of congress for copyright today. Finally learned the process here. Also sent 21 images and a contact sheet to Virginia Wildlife Magazine. The neat thing about that if they publish any of my images, a large number of the readership knows me. I have been a well known and active sportsman in the state for a number of years. I have fished, hunted with or trained dogs for many of the readership. No guarentee they will even look at my submission, but I am happy with myself for sending it.
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  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Good for you Dave,
    Glad to hear it.
    Wishing you all the best and success :>)))
  3. Very cool! Congrats!
  4. Hey Dave, sounds like a neat thing to do. Congrats on getting it done and I hope it may pay off for you.
  5. Way to go, Dave. And I am pretty sure that you will be successful.
  6. Congratulations Dave!
  7. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Congrats Dave...the only way to get in it is to try your hardest. Send stuff in like crazy and just wait to see where it ends up.
  8. congrats and goodluck hope it works out for ya..btw heading to check out the eagels tomorrow will give you a report
  9. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Good job Dave , I need to get going in that direction myself.
    You cant get published if you dont submit.

    Around 30 years ago ,I started submitting slides ,from "Photographers MArket 1975" and actually got picked up by a stock agency in DC "UNIPHOTO"
    I made some money and shot in my free time while I worked my regular Job.

    Un forunateley I got busy with my regular job and life took me on a 30 year ride in another direction , I quit shooting, Uniphoto got bought out by "Pictor" and I think has since gone under.

    Anyway a long way around to make this point ,but I need to start submitting again, and as I said ,If you dont play ,You cant win.

  10. jjdesanto1


    May 1, 2005
    Warwick, N.Y.
    John DeSanto
    Good for you, Dave

    Here's hoping it works out for you!
  11. I want to thank all here for the kind words of encouragement. The most difficult aspect of the submission was to actually set my mind to do it. I will certainly let the Cafe know what I hear. I also submitted a text article with photos to two magazines, so now I just wait and see.
    Learning the copyright process was way easier than I expected it to be. I now incorporate that into my workflow and store jpegs with copyright and metadata in a "CR" file for quarterly submission to the library of congress. It is a fairly straightforward process and I would encourage those of you that do not do this to give it some consideration. I have an article on it written by a friend of mine that I can share with those interested. I will have to ask his permission to post or send it but feel sure he will consent.
  12. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Hi Dave,
    Again I wish you great success :>))

    Please post the article if you can.

  13. thoughts on copyright posted by permission

    posted by permission of Mike Early, my friend that wrote this article
    Thoughts on Copyright
    It is hard for me to understand why so few professional photographers do not
    regularly register their work with the Copyright Office. It has been estimated that
    less than 10% of professional photographers do so. Since those are the only
    ones that have a realistic chance of taking their copyright cases to court and
    winning, I just dont understand why more folks are taking not the time for this
    very simple process.
    You are probably asking yourself why you need to register your work at all since
    you thought it was copyrighted at the moment of creation. Well, you are right – it
    is. It is just not eligible of the maximum level of legal protection unless it is
    formally registered and deposited with the United States Copyright Office. Here
    is what the US Copyright Office says:
    In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make
    a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However,
    registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though
    registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law
    provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright
    owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the
    • Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
    • Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is
    necessary for works of U. S. origin.
    • If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration will
    establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the
    copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
    • If registration is made within 3 months after publication of the
    work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages
    and attorney's fees will be available to the copyright owner in
    court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and
    profits is available to the copyright owner.
    Please take note of two key items – the second and the last bullet. The
    second bullet states that if you want to file a claim in the court for a work
    created in the U.S. the work has to be registered. The last bullet,
    “Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to
    the copyright owner”. In other words, if the work is not registered and you
    take the infringing party to court all you are going to get is actual damages
    and profits – not statutory damages and not attorneys fees. Thus, in most
    cases, it is going to cost you more to take the case to court than you are
    going liable to make in the judgment. These two items seem to be more
    that enough reason to make the investment in registering your images
    with the US Copyright Office.
    Hopefully I have convinced you that it makes sense to at least consider
    registering your images – and hopefully to registered them within three
    months of publication. There are different processes for registering
    published vs. unpublished photographs. What I am going to address is
    my process for unpublished photographs. If you have not been registering
    your work (and I assume that you have not or you would have quite
    reading a long time ago) then I am sure that you have a number of
    published photographs that are not registered and probably should be.
    There are a number of ways to register photographs that have been
    previously published. I strongly encourage you to go to the US Copyright
    web site at http://www.copyright.gov and read through the various options
    and see which one works best for your particular situation.
    I have been setting up my all my photos for registration as soon as I have
    finished “processing” them for each days shoot. As soon as I have made
    my basic selection on the images that I am going to keep from my photo
    shoots, I make sure that the images are fully populated with all my
    standard metadata information --- copyright information, location,
    descriptions, keywords, and a tag for this particular copyright submission
    (CR-##). I then use Image Processor in CS2 (since it will constrain the
    height or width to a specific size --- I use 600 pixels since I want the image
    to be large enough to see), along with an action (that does some basic
    sharpening and adds a text layer with a copyright line) to save the file as a
    jpg (at maximum – 12) in a “copyright folder”. About every three months
    those folders are burned to a CD and submitted to the US Copyright Office
    using the Short Form VA http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formvas.pdf
    since I am positive nothing has been published.
    When the registration form is returned – usually in about five, or six,
    weeks – then I use Bridge to do a search on that particular copyright
    submission tag and then replace that tag with the Copyright Registration
    Number that is returned with the form.
    This way for the sum of about $120.00 per year I am registering all of my
    images and providing myself with the maximum protection allowed by law.
  14. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank you Dave,
    Very good information.

    Very nice of you to supply this. I am sure many will appreciate the information :>)))
  15. Just an "EXCITED" update........
    Recieved some official forms yesterday asking for taxpayer id, where to send payment and where to send 1099 forms. Seems they liked my work!
  16. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Thats great Dave. Im happy for ya.
  17. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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    Jan 30, 2005
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  19. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Way to go, Dave!
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