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June 1, 2018

Generally, the photographer owns the copyright in photographs he takes. Of course, if a photographer working for someone else, then the photographer’s employer may own the copyright in the photographs. A photographer may transfer or not receive a copyright if he agrees to assign his copyright or if the photographer is employed and his work requires the photographer to take the photos.

Now if the photographer owns the copyright he may sue someone who copies or uses his photos without his permission or license.

However, if a photographer timely registers his photographs with the United States Copyright Office and receives a certificate of registration he c...

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