St. Pauls, London - photographic copyright laws

© is for Photographic Copyright

I often get asked about photographic copyright, both by fellow photographers and clients. Who owns the copyright to an image? How can I prevent people from using images I’ve posted on the internet? Can I photograph anything and anywhere?

Sal Shuel has written a brilliant article where she explains British copyright legislation, in simple terms. She is widely regarded as one of the photography industry’s real authorities on Copyright and her article is well worth a read.

There is also software available which can discover illegal uses of images and help with licensing. PicScout and Digimarc both offer a great range of services.

Understanding copyright law is important, for amateur and professional photographers alike, and for anyone who uses images in any capacity – which is almost all of us!



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