Friday, September 30, 2016

Copyright and the Southern Photographer

The Southern Photographer (who made the image above) sincerely believes in copyright, and all its protections. 

The Southern Photographer believes that one owns one's images, and that they are copyrighted from the moment one presses the shutter button, or whatever act one makes to admit light to the recording medium.

The Southern Photographer believes in giving credit where it is due, and would never, ever, do anything that would imply that someone else's work was his, or do anything that enable him to earn money through the use of someone else's images. 

The Southern Photographer also believes in the doctrine of Fair Use, which says the following:

The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. 

The Southern Photographer believes that his use of low resolution images of other photographers' work on this blog falls within this definition of Fair Use. 

The Southern Photographer believes that his system of documenting the source of images he uses on this blog is appropriate, clear, informative, and enabling of other photographers' getting full credit for their achievements.  

The Southern Photographer also believes that the way he documents work on this blog is sustainable, while other methods of documentation would be sufficiently time-consuming as to bring the viability of this blog into serious question. 

The Southern Photographer is grateful to all those photographers who have expressed their appreciation for the extra bit of attention to their work that might have been achieved by its appearance on this blog. 

Such expressions of appreciation help keep this blog going. 

I'm grateful for them.


  1. Hey John, what's up? Did somebody give you grief over some of the above??? Sure hope not and I certainly appreciate your blog, and all the work that I know, goes into it, and also please illegitimi non carborundum!

    Best wishes - christian