iowajim wrote in post #17232339
I wonder how that plays out with trail cameras. The animal triggered the photo to be taken, so are all of those photos in the public domain? I don't mean to dispute your position, as I think you are correct, but it does raise more questions.
Of course, if a person took an award winning photo with my rig (good luck, haha) he might find a steep bill for the purchase of the memory card.
"whoever presses the button" is an oversimplification as far as I am aware. In the case of something like a trail cam the human setting it up and configuring the camera 'enables' it, and sets it to fire under specific conditions. They are still the 'creator' of those images, as each image is then captured under the conditions they've specified (something sets off the motion sensor/x time has passed, etc). The laws in Canada seem somewhat vague on those exact points, but I have never found a case that went to trial where such copyright was deemed invalid and have instead seen a few cases where it was upheld during infringement cases.
The other aspect of copyright law that a lot of internet "lawyers" seem to gloss over is that of multiple authors, and the fact that there is more to 'creating' a photo than merely pressing a button.
In short, the law can get kind of vague when you introduce relatively complex environments during the creation of a photo or any other creative work, and you should probably not rely on random information you pull off the web over talking to a IP lawyer familiar with your local laws.
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