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Jennifer  L. Bales
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/22/2004
 

Can an idea be copyrighted?


 
 
I was wondering, can I copyright an idea? If I have a great idea for Holiday poses, can I copyright that idea or can I only copyright the actual photos? I had a brainstorm idea for holiday photos, but then was viewing other photographer's galleries here on BP and found I was not the first to have this brainstorm idea. I already bought all of the stuff to take the pics, and wanted to be sure I wasnt infringing on any "idea" copyright laws. However, if that person hasn't copyrighted the idea, can I do it? My guess is that I can only copyright my actual photos and not the idea.

Jen


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10/28/2005 6:47:37 AM

 

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  You cannot infringe on a pose anymore than someone could copyright the idea to tie the wrapper on the bread bag BEFORE you put it into the pantry.


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10/28/2005 4:54:15 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Just let us know what all of your ideas for the poses are in great detail and we'll let you know ;-) j/k. I would assume you couldn't copyright a pose but only your photos.


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10/29/2005 5:44:12 AM

 
Jennifer  L. Bales
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/22/2004
  Thanks everyone. That's what I thought!
Justin.... LOVE the logo!! Very original and I love the graphic impact. Did you hire someone or did you make it yourself? It's really cool!

Jen


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10/29/2005 6:02:43 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Thank you Jennifer, such a compliment! I made it myself late one night when I got bored. It really was a pretty easy task in photoshop. I just created the filmstrip and put images into, then made them all one layer and resized and skewed and things. Thanks again!


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10/29/2005 8:56:14 AM

 
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