Last month after presenting my talk on Copyright Issues for 21st Century Genealogists for the Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, I received an email from a member who had attending asking a question to which I had no simple answer. I am going to present the question here in his words, with his permission, and we both welcome opinions and discussion from all of you.
So the question is….
I have a real life question on copyright as it applies to photographs.
During a recent vacation, I handed my camera to a random gentleman whom I asked to take my photo. The photo he took with my camera is SUPERB!!! The question is…Who owns the copyright? I have the only .jpg file of the photo, yet someone (whom I cannot identify) took the photo. If he is the copyright owner, I cannot enter the photo in any contest or publish it in a book of my photos. (G. Shull)
Watch the blog next week for the conclusion Gary reached. Will it agree with yours?