A close friend of mine today posted a photo that I took with my copyright attached to the metadata that her friend edited… YUP!  My copyrighted artwork was altered without my permission.  So I thought I would write an article about WHY copyright laws exist and why altering my art is immoral and illegal.  I had no idea why these copyright laws exist until I became a professional photographer, so I understand people’s ignorance in this matter.

You are a thief.

Ok, so downloading and modifying a picture someone created is ok, right?  Adding an instagram filter on the photos from my photographer is ok, right?  Wait, I PAID my photographer for the photos, that means I can do what I wish with them, right?

NO!  NO!  NO!

You are sealing that photographers property and robbing him of his livelihood.  It may not seem like much to you, but it can add up fast.

Things to remember about copyright:

This is a direct copy and paste from an article at PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA.

Please buy copies from your photographers and never alter them without permission from the copyright holder!

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