What do I need to know about copyrights?
We take copyrights seriously, and you should too.
For more information about copyrights, click here to read the Wikipedia article.
A copyright gives its owner the right to copy, distribute, publicly display or create derivative works from the original work. A copyright also gives its owner the right to license those rights to others.
Some highlights of copyright law in the United States are as-follows:
- Photographs published after 1922 but before 1978 are protected for 95 years after their publication.
- If the artwork was created but not published before 1978, the copyright is effective for the life its creator plus an additional 70 years.
- All artwork published before 1923 are in the public domain (free use).
- Even if you purchase an image from a photographer or designer, you still need their permission to reproduce the image.
Some important points to remember about copyrights:
- Copyright infringements such as reproducing photos without permission can result in civil and criminal penalties.
- Purchasing a print or digital file from your photographer does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
Simple Canvas Prints cannot be held responsible for printing customer-provided copyrighted material and reserves the right to refuse to print any and all images suspected of being protected under copyright law.