This image represents the work of a member of the United States military or a Department of Defense employee, and it was taken or created as part of that person's official responsibilities. The photograph is in the public domain in the United States since it is a work of the United States federal government.
Uncle Sam is a nickname for the American figurehead president of the United States, George Washington. It was given to him by Thomas Jefferson because he thought that "George Washington is an excellent man" was enough of a compliment. However, others have suggested that the name was derived from a character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Song of Hiawatha", or simply because many people at the time were fond of saying "God bless America".
He has been called many things over the years including "America's Father", "The Founder", and even "Washington" itself. But no one has ever called him handsome, charismatic, or brilliant - at least not until now.
Copyright expires 50 years after the photographer's death or 100 years after publication, depending on how old you are when you publish your work.
If you want to use the image for commercial purposes, such as selling products or advertising, you will need to get permission from the US Department of State.
In addition, if you want to reproduce the picture for non-commercial uses such as presentations or publications, you do not need permission. However, you must include the following credit: "Image courtesy of the US Department of State."
For more information about copyright law, please visit us at copyright.gov.
If you can discover an useable image in a book or journal article published before 1925, it is in the public domain and hence not subject to copyright limitations. Works created by the US government are likewise in the public domain and may be freely utilized. Some other works may be in the public domain because they were created before the author died without establishing a successor-author for their work. For example, if Jane Austen had never married or otherwise designated a successor author, her novels would have expired along with her own life in 1817. However, many of her characters remain popular today so publishers continue to produce new editions containing the same text that was first published nearly 200 years ago.
Images used in books and journals are usually not obtained legally from their original sources. Rather, they are taken by library staff or others working within the book trade. They then become part of the public domain through no fault of the library or its users. If you find an image useful for research or teaching, we encourage you to download and use it. Just make sure you include all the credit tags mentioned above!
Citation styles vary but most still include the author's name, year published, title of the book, and page numbers where the image appears. The more information you provide about where and when you found the image, the better. You should also try to obtain permission from anyone who might object to your use of their image.
According to my knowledge, the image of Uncle Sam in the "I WANT YOU" army recruitment poster is not copyrighted. It was created by artist Everett M. Martin and published by the Committee on Public Information, a government agency that produced educational propaganda materials during World War I.
However, the text under the picture is copyrightable. The first line of the text says "Wanted - Men willing to serve as soldiers". That would be the legal equivalent of claiming that the image itself is copyrighted.
In other words, no, the image of Uncle Sam is not copyrighted. The text underneath is copyrighted though.
Any photograph or picture taken by the government or that is regarded to be in the public domain is considered copyright-free and can be freely used by anybody. Copyright only applies to original works of art.
All you need to do is get in touch with the relevant body to find out if they will grant you permission to use the image. If it isn't copyrighted, then you have no problem using it!
It's important to note that just because an image is copyright-free, that doesn't mean its owner wants to see it used. So always seek permission before using any image that may cause embarrassment or negative publicity for its owner.
Images that are not in the public domain but which you own (for example, those taken by you during your travels or on a camera or phone) can still be protected by copyright. If this is the case for some or all of the images within our content, please notify us via email at [email protected] and we will remove them immediately.
All photos are copyright to their respective owners and we make every effort to credit all sources. If you find any images that you believe belong to yours and don't see it credited, please let us know so we can correct it.
Using Images Legally The meaning of a picture may differ under the United States Copyright Act. The United States Copyright Act defines pictures as "pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works" and includes the following: photographs, paintings, drawings, cartoons, prints, lithographs, and sculpture. The act also includes computer-generated images such as those created by a computer artist's digital paintbrush.
Under U.S. law, all copyright holders must obtain permission from an image's owner before using their work. Permission should be obtained even if the use is "fair use," which allows for limited use of copyrighted material without having to first get permission from its owner. Fair use includes uses such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
For example, if I take your photograph and use it in a magazine article, I need your permission to use it. If I use a free online photo service to download photos from sites such as Flickr and Pixabay, I still need to obtain permission from each photographer. Even if I use only one image in my piece, I need to get permission from everyone who took the picture.
If you have not granted me permission to use your image, I cannot use it. Even if my use is considered "fair use," I still need your permission to use the image.
Essentially, copyright law states that when you take a photograph, you become the proprietor of the image generated. This implies that you have the only right to duplicate the image. Show the photograph in a public place. You will need a license from the photographer's association to do this.
However, it is important to note that just because you own the copyright doesn't mean that you can never license your work. For example, if you want to allow others to use your photo for non-commercial purposes then you should consider licensing it out.
In addition, just because you own the copyright doesn't mean that you can sell it. Only those who sell photographs or other art works are allowed to sell them. If you try to sell images without a license, then you will be caught by police officers who are assigned to prevent people from selling copyrighted material illegally.
Finally, just because you own the copyright doesn't mean that you cannot be sued. Companies may sue photographers if they feel like it has violated their trademark. Also, individuals can file lawsuits against photographers if they feel like it has harmed their reputation or taken away their opportunity to make money.
In conclusion, photography ownership is not as simple as just taking a picture and claiming ownership. There is a legal process involved with protecting your rights as a photographer.