Image copyrights © Michel Rain
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All images on this website are owned and copyrighted through the Library of Congress by Michel Rain. All rights are reserved. He and he alone, has the exclusive rights to license the image for use, and set the terms and conditions of such usage.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive rights.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright.
". . . Combining, altering or scanning photographs or any part thereof, including electronically, is an exclusive right held by the photographer and permission to combine or alter should be obtained in writing prior to any such changes. . ."
A $10,000.00 per usage fine will be sought by law for each found copyright infringement.
The individual who "found" the photo thought it was nice and decided to use it without my permission.
Thinking that if they changed the image they could use it, they altered it by replacing the model's head with a bird head.
This is in direct violation of the copyright law.
"... combining, altering or scanning photographs or any part thereof, including electronically, is an exclusive right held by the photographer and permission to combine or alter should be obtained in writing prior to any such changes..."
There is a $10,000.00 per usage fine for copyright infringement.
I contacted the individual, made him aware of the fine and sent him a link to the copyright law. I requested that the image be removed from his website within an hour (stating for him to not ever use it again) and I would not persue damages. He accomodated my request.
Artists: Know and understand what copyright infringement means. If you don't know the laws consult a lawyer and/or buy a copy of "Pricing and Ethical Guidelines".
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