Phantom Photography and all contents herein are copyrighted through the Library of Congress; United States Copyright Office.
Q: I shot some photographs. Who owns the copyright?
A: You became the owner of the copyright the minute the shutter tripped. You will need to officially register with the United States copyright office if you need to take a case to court.
Q: I photographed a celebrity. Will the celebrity sue me if they see this picture in print somewhere?
A: Celebrities are considered "Public Domain" that photograph is yours.
Q: Somebody is using my photo without my permission. What do I do?
A: Inform them that you are the legal copyright holder of the photograph. Request they remove it, give you credit or compensate you. If your request goes ignored, hire a copyright lawyer. He will send a cease and desist letter. You could be awarded damages of up to $150,000 for each photograph infringed upon.
Q: My photo was shot for a specific publication. Can they re-use the photograph?
A: Only for the initial publishing. They will need permission to run the photo again.
Detailed and specific information regarding this matter can be found on The United States Copyright Office web site http://www.copyright.gov