What is copyright infringement?

By Andrew Hudson Published: August 14, 2012 Updated: October 24, 2013

Copying without permission from the artist.

“As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.”
U.S. Copyright Office


Reply by B.S. Kelley

February 14, 2014

Who would be a copyright owner? If its photographs I took of interior design work I’ve designed and collaborated on?

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 20, 2014


Hi B.S.,

The copyright owner is whoever took the photo. If you took the photo, you own the copyright. If someone else took the photo, then they own the copyright, and you would need to get permission to use the photo.


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