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    Copyright Meets Copywrong, Part 2

    | Dallas, TX, USA |

    (I am creating a business card for a customer. She hands me a picture to scan to use on the card.)

    Me: “Ma’am, this photo is copyrighted by whoever took it.”

    Customer: “Oh, that’s okay. You can still use it.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I can’t use it without the permission of the photographer.”

    Customer: “Oh. Well you can just cross out the copyright on the back of the picture and then use it! It’ll be okay.”

    Me: “Do you have another picture you would like to use?”

    (She hands me the same picture but with a piece of paper taped over the copyright on the back.)

    Customer: “Here. Now you can use it.”

    Me: “Ma’am, just because the copyright is covered now doesn’t mean it’s not copyrighted anymore. We could be fined $50,000 if we used this. If you can get the permission of the person who took this or another picture we can do this for you.”

    Customer: “What kind of business is this?”

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