Thanks everyone for all of your helpful advice! Nan -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Laurel S. Nevans Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 8:25 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: Re: [thelist] photo copyrights I am a part time craft-artist, and as such, had my picture appear on the front of the local paper. My sister is a former Newspaper Reporter. I asked her about reprinting my cover on my website, in marketing materials, etc. She told me that I had a certain right to "fair use" of my image in marketing materials. However, she said that I should include the WHOLE fromt page in any scan, and be sure to include the newspaper's masthead and any photo credit/caption in the scan. In terms of advising me on web design customers, who don't seem to understand that they just cant "save as" that picture of them on that website and use it on their own, she advised me that I needed to get permission from the newspaper to reprint any copy, and permission from both the publisher and the photographer to reproduce any photo. Depending on the photographer's contract with the paper, either the photographer or the publication may own the photo copyright. (Did they employ the photographer, as in he was on staff, on which case the paper generally owns the photo. Or did they buy single photos from a freelancer, in which case it's doubtful the paper owns the copyright.) I'm sure most advertisers fair use policies run along the lines of the newspapers: you must reproduce the ad in its entirety, rather than just clip the image. I'd probably send a screen shot of the ad's intended use with a cover letter to their corporate offices, just for the CYA factor. If I was handling a client of any "note", I'd probably also see what someplace like Getty Images has and what they'd charge for use. The advantage to purchaseing images from places like that is that they handle all of that legal use stuff for you. Usual disclosures. IANAL. YMMV. Laurel Nevans Independent Computer Guru Sunny FL, USA -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !