Trademark and copyright law firm Dr. Metzner Rechtsanwälte Germany

Media, IP
and Technology

Photo law

Copyright protection of photos

Photos are protected by copyright not only as photographic works with artistic and creative claims but also as simple photographs without the quality of an original work. All pictures are therefore protected by copyright.

Rights of the photographer

As a photographer, you are entitled to these copyrights without further prerequisites such as registrations or copyright as soon as you press the shutter button. Solely you have the right to use the photos, to publish them, and to grant rights of use to others. You can decide whether you or somebody else is allowed to post your picture on the internet, to print it, or to modify it for their purposes. You also decide whether or not your licensee may share the photo with third parties as well as how he or she may use the picture.

With the author's moral right, you can stop your work from being distorted and determine whether and how your photos must be labeled with a copyright designation.

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