Anything Wrong with Shooting a Bill?

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  1. PhilGarber

    PhilGarber TPF Noob!

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    Hey all,

    Is the image of the United states Dollar copyrighted? I have an awesome idea for a shot but I don't want the gov't knocking down my door:thumbdown::er::p.
     
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    deanimator TPF Noob!

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    Try it...at least the publicity should be useful

    Check these out:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/United_States_one_dollar_bill%2C_obverse.jpg
    or
    http://www.diealternativen.de/pics/1 dollar 9-11-2001.jpg

    Maybe, just maybe...you should also read this:
    Important 3/4 & 1-1/2 U.S. Secret Service money illustration rules
    As listed by the United States Secret Service at money illustrations, the Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, Public Law 102-550, in Section 411 of Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations (31 CFR 411), permits color illustrations of U.S. currency provided:
    1. The illustration is of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of the item illustrated;
    2. The illustration is one-sided; and
    3. All negatives, plates, positives, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices, and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof are destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use.
     
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  3. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Knock Knock.

    Who's There?

    U. R.

    U. R. Who?

    You Are SOOOO BUSTED!!!!:lol:
     
  4. William Petruzzo

    William Petruzzo TPF Noob!

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    The laws are copyright laws. I'm no lawyer, but I'm betting you wouldn't have any issues. I mean, they show real money on TV, right?
     
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    Paul M TPF Noob!

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    If I earn it it's mine.
    If possession is 9/10 of the law and I have it, it's mine.
    It's on their linen, regulated by the government, and "copyrighted", does that mean it's not mine?
    If it's mine, why do you have some of my money?
    If I had it all, wouldn't everyone be using something else for currency?
    If it belongs to them, what do I get for my work?

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you are 1/10th shot, you are still shot. ;)
     
  7. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'll give you that one.

    I have yet to arrest someone for possession of an illegal drug that will agree with this one. It's never theirs at that point. :lol:

    If you are using your neighbors car and are in possession of it (see your above comment) is it yours????

    You own the value of the money, not the paper itself.

    I just patented oxygen. It is now mine. Are you going to stop breathing?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:



    Ok in all seriousness, the laws regarding currency can be a bit confusing. I mean lets be realistic about this were are talking about the Treasury Department and they are Feds.

    When I have to photocopy U.S. currency for a case I always do it at 75% of it's true size. Federal Judges get testy about it sometimes if you introduce a 1/1 reproduction.

    I do not try and keep up on all the Treasury regulations, they are too vast and too complicated. I keep up on the simple ones, like if you pass a counterfeit bill it is, as we say in law enforcement, a No No.

    As long as you are not taking a photograph of the money in such a way that would allow someone to attempt to pass it off as real currency I doubt that you will have a problem. :D

    Of course I could be wrong on this one. If I am, just don't bend over if you drop the soap. :mrgreen::lol::mrgreen::lol::mrgreen::lol:
     
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    It isn't so confusing if you consider that money is legal tender or contract with the government that backs its value rather than an object of posession.
     
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    As long as you are not printing it out and trying to use it, I think you will be alright, :wink:.
     
  10. PhilGarber

    PhilGarber TPF Noob!

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    Thanks guys! That cleared it up...I think:drool::p
     
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    A copyright lawyer in the dc/baltimore/nova strobist group said something to me about a shot of a dollar I had on flickr for testing sharpness. Something about it's not illegal to shoot it, but be careful posting it every where because some might end up on your door step one day asking about your counterfeiting activities.
     
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    CrAp..:confused: So does that mean it's not a good idea to shoot?:meh:
     

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