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If someone takes a photo of my product and posts it on the web do I have the right to use it on my website?

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Not necessarily, as the "work", for copyright purposes, is the picture of the product and not the product.

Peace and Grace, Gregory A. Beamer

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Pretty much how ebay works. Say you are selling your Levi pants on ebay, you can't use a picture from Levi.com, but you can take a picture of your Levi pants with your own camera, and post it in your listing. – picxelplay Jan 19 '11 at 20:37

If I've been selling the product, I always drop the people who produce the product a courtesy email asking permission, no one has ever said no and many have volunteered high quality images of their own to help us out.

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