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Go to Legal, as well.


When you create a photograph, a copyright is also created for the photograph, automatically.

You need not register the copyright.

But if you register the photograph, and your copyright is infringed, you have a much stronger case when negotiating a settlement or in court.

And, you can sue for statutory damages and legal expenses.

Registration is easy, and hundreds of photographs can be registered at the same time.

Go to U.S. Copyright Office - Visual Art Works Registration.


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