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"What is the best platform for selling my copyrighted photos legally?"

When you take a photo, you automatically own the copyright to that image, giving you control over its use and distribution.

Registering your photos with the US Copyright Office can take 3-6 months, but doing so can provide you with legal protection and monetary damages in case of infringement.

When selling your photos, you can choose between royalty-free licenses, which allow buyers to use your image without restrictions, or rights-managed licenses, which give you more control over how your image is used.

Model releases are essential when selling photos of people, as they grant you permission to use the image for commercial purposes.

You can add a visible watermark to your photos when exporting them to protect them from theft, or add an invisible watermark that can detect unauthorized use.

In the US, copyright law allows for "fair use" of copyrighted images, which includes criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.

The "fair use" doctrine is determined on a case-by-case basis, considering factors like the purpose and character of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, and the effect on the market for the original work.

To copyright your photos, you can add a copyright symbol (©) and your name to the image itself, or register your photos with the US Copyright Office.

Even if you don't register your photos, you still own the copyright and can sue for infringement, but registration provides legal benefits and proof of ownership.

Some platforms, like Unsplash, offer a "do-whatever-you-want" license, which allows anyone to use your photos for free, even for commercial purposes.

Selling your photos through online marketplaces like Shutterstock or Alamy can provide exposure and a potential income stream.

Building a personal portfolio website can help you showcase your work and sell your photos directly to clients, giving you more control over pricing and usage.

Print-on-demand services like Printful or Shutterstock Prints allow you to sell physical products featuring your photos, such as mugs, calendars, or canvas prints.

To detect image theft, you can use reverse image search tools like Google Images or TinEye to find unauthorized uses of your photos.

Joining photography communities or forums can provide valuable resources, feedback, and networking opportunities to help you improve your craft and sell your photos.

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