Flattery or Copyright Infringement?
Never really considered this question until this week. I have found, in the last week, no fewer that four photgraphs of my watches on ebay. I am not the seller in these listings, these sellers are using my photos from this website. So I wondered if I should be copyrighting my photographs and was surprised to learn that they already ARE copyrighted. In fact the instant I released the shutter on my camera I copyrighted the photograph. They cannot be published with my permission.
Two points I submit for knowledge / discussion.
1. The Berne Convention provides instant copyright for photographers (and othere artists as well), the photos do not need to be watermarked or noted as copyrighted although they can be. Wiki has a pretty easy to understand article if you're interested:
2. We need to be very careful in our use of the photographs that we are not the copyright holder. I know that some members watermark their photos, which establishes the actual owner but, apparently serves no other purpose. I suggest that noting the owner when publishing someone elses photo is really not enough, but gaining permission PRIOR to publishing is the key.