The Copyright Act of 1976 (found in Title 17, US Code, Section 100) states any original creative work is protected from the moment it assumes tangible form. A photographer does not have to register his copyright, nor does the work have to display that little circular "c." Protection is automatic and exists from the moment of inception. Registering the copyright with the U.S. Copyright office and displaying the little "c" only serves public notice of the copyright; it does nothing to enhance or even legitimize it. Therefore, all images taken by a photographer are and remains his property and only through contractual agreement may they be used. If the photographer gives you images for personal and promotional use, you may not profit from them or commercially gain from selling them or access to them without the photographer's contractual agreement.

All images appearing in the SC Photo's or Shelton Cole's facebook page or web site are the exclusive property of SC Photo and Shelton Cole and are protected under the United States and International Copyright laws.

The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of SC Photo or Shelton Cole.

Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of the United States and International Copyright laws. All images are copyrighted. © 2001 - 2016 - SC Photo