Who owns copyright when you are the photographer?

In general, when you are the photographer, you own the copyright to the photographs you create. This means you have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and display your photos, as well as to create derivative works based on them.

However, there are some exceptions to this general rule. For example, if you take photographs as an employee within the scope of your employment, your employer may own the copyright to those photos. Additionally, if you take photographs as a work for hire, the person or company that hired you may own the copyright.

It’s important to understand your rights as a photographer and to clearly establish ownership and usage rights in any contracts or agreements with clients or other parties. If you are unsure about copyright ownership, it’s always best to consult with a lawyer or legal expert who specializes in intellectual property law.