Copyright & Trademarks Guidelines For Buyers

Our contributors have asserted their copyright in the images on fotolibra

fotolibra licenses usage of photographs and other images on behalf of the copyright owners of those images as covered in the Terms & Conditions, but this grant does not include or imply rights to reproduce any artwork or trademarks depicted in them. In addition, fotolibra makes no claim or warranty with regard to the use by you of names, people or trademarks depicted in the images. It is entirely your responsibility not to use or reproduce the photographs or images in any way that may result in any breach or infringement of the moral rights of any third party rights owner or his successors.

Contributors may not upload images to fotolibra and offer them for sale if they are not their copyright, unless they have permission to do so from the copyright owner.

Under UK law, photographers automatically have copyright in any images they have taken. They do not need to register that right. Copyright lasts for life plus 70 years. If they are uploading photographs that they did not take, we ask them to consider who took it and whether they have been given permission to market it. If the photographer is now dead they should consider whether the copyright in their photographs may have been handed on to someone other than themselves.

Copyright can be passed on by contract so photographers are advised to make sure that they have not signed away copyright ownership in their own photographs as part of a commission agreement or other contract.

Photographs are all copies of something — reportage, a staged still life and so on. Legal problems can arise for the person buying a picture if the object photographed has copyright in its own right. If a contributor has photographed a painting, sculpture or other artwork it may be necessary for you, the image buyer, to clear permission with the artist, their estate or agent before you can use the picture. If they believe additional rights clearances are needed when their image is used, we ask them to help you by entering the details in their keywords including specifically the name of the artwork and artist. See the link to Clearances below.

Under UK law copyright lasts for the life of the artist plus 70 years. Permission from the artist or architect should not be necessary if the sculpture, building or other artwork is permanently situated in a public place. Any building can be photographed from public land in the UK, except for intelligence and defence installations, as well as some other government properties. Laws differ in other countries, so we ask photographers to obtain clearances if they are in any doubt.

These guidelines cover usage issues in general and should not be taken as legal advice or answers to specific problems. We recommend you to take legal counsel rather than basing your decisions on this information. Please remember you are responsible for ensuring that you comply with all legal requirements regarding your use of an image.