Youngsville, LA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Louisiana

Q: I am planning to publish a calendar or devotional book using pictures from insert a photo on my laptop. Is that legal?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Louisiana, whether it's legal to use pictures from your laptop in a calendar or devotional book largely depends on the copyright status of those images. If you took the pictures yourself or have explicit permission from the photographer, you generally have the right to use them for your project.

However, if the images are not your own and you don’t have permission, using them could infringe on the copyright holder’s rights. This includes pictures downloaded from the internet or obtained from other sources without a clear license or permission.

Before proceeding, it’s essential to verify the source of each image and ensure you have the necessary rights or permissions to use them. This might involve contacting the photographer or rights holder to obtain a license.

Be aware that even images labeled for free use often have certain restrictions, such as requiring attribution or prohibiting commercial use. Carefully read and adhere to these terms if they apply.

In case of doubt, or if you're using images that could potentially have copyright issues, it's wise to consult with a legal professional who can provide specific advice based on the details of your situation. They can help you navigate copyright laws and avoid potential legal complications.

Remember, respecting copyright laws is not only legal but also ethical, ensuring that creators are rightfully credited and compensated for their work.

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