In today's world of social media, photographers' images are often circulated through platforms without the photographer's consent. Often, accounts with large and small followings alike will repost images they find online, and sometimes these unauthorized reposted images even receive more attention than the photographer's original post! Luckily, there are ways to take back ownership of your work.
Remember: you own the copyright to the images you create. Even if the work is created for a particular client, the photographer holds the copyright unless explicitly stated otherwise in a contract. Check out this article to better understand your rights as a photographer.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is an important facet of U.S. Copyright law that includes a provision called a DMCA Takedown. This gives you the right as the copyright owner to request and have your content taken down by the website owner or ISP. Most platforms have created their own process for submitting DMCA Takedown notices and as a courtesy, we have provided a list below to refer to:
For more information, please refer to our DMCA Takedown Instructions which can be found in our Copyright Resources.