While browsing the Internet, I came across an article from February 2011 about a company that made a costly mistake when they used an image without permission on their website, and that image was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. This mistake ended up costing the company $4000. According to their story (which you can read here), most of their images come from stock photography sites, but this one slipped through the cracks. The company is now trying to educate others about image copyright and how using stock imagery sites can help provide legal protection.
How do I avoid the same mistake?
Make sure you own the rights or have permission to use all material for anything...
Brad, good point about the zoos. These are the types of things that are so easy to not think about. It's interesting how many places prohibit selling images taken in that location. Many of these places mention this in fine print on the back of the ticket purchased to enter.
This may be an area that we often tend to overlook as we go about our creative photographic endevors. Thanks for reminding us. Maybe that is one reason there are so many nature photographers.... you dont need a release form for a tree, a mountain, or a woodpecker.
Unless it is from specific zoos :)
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