Federal court ruling that could affect all photographer’s copyright.

Any photographer should be concerned about copyright changes, especially changes to “fair use”. Until today, there was precedent that an image found online could not be used freely. The court case from a Virginia Federal Court outlines concerning circumstances where a photographer’s work could be used freely depending on the situation.

The ruling (and subsequent precedent) focused on the company using a cropped version of the photo instead of the whole image and the site the image was used on did not affect the market value of that image. This is a concerning ruling and I will report back as the case and rebuttal unfolds.