All of the images on this site are copyrighted to Sun Stock Photography,
Brian Poirier, and/or Dawn Uebelhart. They may not be reproduced without
the prior written consent on Sun Stock Photography, this includes the
use on personal websites, by non-profits, or reprinting for personal
use. Those uses are NOT an exclusion under the "Fair Use"
clause of the copyright act.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United
States to the authors of certain "original works of authorship"
including "pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works" (photographs)
as defined in Section 101 of the 1976 copyright Act. Under subsection
201(a) of the Act, ownership of a copyright in a work vests initially
in the author or authors of the work. Section 101 further defines a
copyright owner by referring to the exclusive rights that the owner
enjoys as enumerated in section 106 of the Act. Section 106 provides
that the owner of a copyrighted photograph is vested with the exclusive
rights to reproduce the photograph in copies; to prepare derivative
works based upon the photograph; to display the photograph publicly;
and to distribute copies of the photograph to the public by sale or
other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. 17 U.S.C.S.
Secs. 101, 106 and 201.
Section 202 of the Copyright Act states:
"Ownership of a copyright, or of any of the exclusive rights under
a copyright, is distinct from ownership of any material object in which
the work is embodied. Transfer of ownership of any material object,
including the copy or phonorecord in which the work is first fixed,
does not convey any rights in the copyrighted work embodied in the object;
nor, in the absence of an agreement, does transfer of ownership of a
copyright or of any exclusive rights under a copyright convey property
rights in any material object." 17 U.S.C.S. Section 202.
In other words, the sale or transfer of an original photograph,
photographic negative, or copies thereof, does not carry with it any
rights of copyright.