register the work or be sorry
in the USA ...
Originally Posted by Noble
if you don't register your work, you are screwed.
if you take your chromes / negatives
to a lab and they cherry pick work out of it, keep the chromes and negatives
and register the copyright themselves, and license usage, and you have no
idea they did it, yes, you are hosed. MAYBE ... you can somehow prove
because the rest of the film is exactly the same ... essentially, copyright registration proves ownership.
if you work for someone, make some photographs and send them "proofs" of the work, and they scan the images
and tell you they aren't interested in them. you don't register the copyright, and notice down the road that
the person you sent them to grabbed them and used them without your consent ( and claimed "you just sent them the photographs" )
... unless you have the registration you have no legal leg to stand on. YES, in the USA you NEED the registration.
i was in a similar situation where i worked for a company, and they stole my work.
i found out the hard-way i had no legal leg to stand on, no lawyer will take the case no judge will hear it ...
i have no idea what the laws are like outside of the usa ...
BUT if you are in the USA and made photographs REGISTER THEM.
gang registration is cheap and worth every one of the 4000 pennies.
Last edited by jnanian; 05-21-2013 at 08:01 PM. Click to view previous post history.