Do I get copyright if I infringed someone’s rights?

Do I get copyright in a photo if I infringed someone’s rights by taking it?

Anonymous on November 21, 2011

If you take a photo for yourself, then you own the copyright to that photo. However, there can be other laws involved. For example, if you took a photo of someone else’s photograph or artwork, then there is their copyright to consider. You own the copyright to your photo (called a derivative work), but you’d need to get permission from the person who owns the copyright of the subject of your photo. If you took a photo on private property then they may ask you to leave for trespassing, but you would normally still own the copyright of the photo.

artwork, derivative work, property, rights.


Reply by B.S. Kelley

February 14, 2014

If I took photographs of interior design work I illustrated and collaborated on as a contract designer, who owns the copyrights?

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 20, 2014


Hi B.S.,

You do. If you took the photo, you own the copyright to the photo.


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