[OGD] copyright continued

  • From: "Helga M. Gray" <orchids@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <orchids@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:01:41 -0500

Charles Ufford wrote:

 "  It would be illegal to use your slide of your awarded plant, if the
photographer hasn't given permission for you to use it. So, those of you out
there that might like to do this, contact your awards photographer to ask.
It would be very unlikely that they would refuse given that you weren't
going to be selling copies of their image and instead were using the image
to accurately represent the plant you were selling, being the plant that was
accurately pictured."

I would like to clarify this point because you make it sound like the
photographer has a right to determine what is or isn't done with his images.
This is not so.   The photographer has absolutely no right to restrict the
use of a legally obtained image.   If Iris had seedlings for sale at an
orchid show and wanted to project her awards slide so that people could see
what the flower looks like, that is her perfect right since she legally owns
the slide.   The photographer may not tell her what she can or can't do with
her own property.  The only thing that copyright restricts her from doing is
making COPYs of that slide.   So she can't make copies for the purposes of
selling her plants.   She may display her original slide in whatever way she


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