In today's digital world you may think you can freely screenshot, copy, print and share professional photographs. However, photographs are like artwork and music, it's illegal to copy or reproduce these portraits elsewhere without the author's permission. The Federal Copyright Act protects photographers livelihood and craft by giving the author of the photograph exclusive right to reproduce the photograph. This includes the right to control the making of copies.
What is copyright infringement?
As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.
Violators of this are subject to civil and criminal penalties. The minimum fine for reproducing professional images without permission is $30,000.00.
What does this mean to you?
Copyright infringement is protected by law and prevented by your honesty and integrity.