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Using LSA Photo website

You can log in to the LSA website in two ways:
1 - By being a client, when after signing a contract agreed upon by the two parties you are given a username and a password and than click on to the Log in for Clients (on the top of the homepage), you fill in the required fields and log in as a client with full rights. Being a client with full rights means having access to the daily pictures and the to the whole archive of LSA. Within one day, you can download from the website up to 30 pictures.

2- Buying directly from the website without having signed a contract. You can click on the button Buy now below each photograph that you have chosen to buy. The LSA website supports VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX. After clicking on the Buy now button you need to confirm your purchase and you are directed to a secure website that requires you to fill a purchasing form. After having successfully completed the purchasing form, the picture you have chosen will open in a new page.

For all special requests for pictures shown on the website, such as requests for a higher resolution or other shots of a photo set, you should contact LSA.

At the homepage of the LSA you will see the pictures of the main daily events. Each event is represented by one picture. If you click on one of the pictures you will see the whole set of pictures covering that event.

On the top of the page, on the right site you can search for pictures of people or events using up to four words and/or specifying the category. After the results of the search are displayed, if the picture you required is not shown on the first page, click next.

After each search, to return to the main page you can click the button daily shots or on the Agency's logo.

If you have unanswered queries or request click on the button Contact and there you will find the necessary information to get in touch with us.

Are the images on Light Studio Agency (LSA) Web site protected by copyright?
YES. LSA hold copyrights to the images available online. We include a copyright notice on all images to protect our copyright to the digital files that we create. Ideally, we wouldn't have to detract from the viewing experience by adding a copyright notice at all, but protection of intellectual property in a networked environment is uncertain right now, and we don't want to take chances.

How can I use the images I see?
Viewers of the LSA Web site are allowed to browse images, but only for personal use. Any other use (e.g., making multiple copies, displaying images publicly, redistributing files electronically or using images for personal or corporate gain) required permission from LSA. Commercial use of any LSA image without permission would constitute copyright infringement and might infringe other rights.

Can I send images or image files to others?
NO. You can browse, download, or print images for personal, non-commercial use, but you cannot distribute copies of images or image files to anyone else for any reason.

Can I make multiple copies of an image?
NO. You can browse, download, or print images for personal, non-commercial use, but making multiple copies of an image would constitute infringement.

Can I play with the images; can I alter them?
YES, but only for personal, non-commercial use.

What is non-commercial use?
Generally, non-commercial use means a use in which nothing of value changes hands between you and someone else.

If I send images to my friends for free, there's no money involved. Why can't I do that?
First, you are providing them with something of value. Second, the use must be both non-commercial and personal. If you distribute images to others, the use is no longer personal. Third, you would be making multiple copies of the images, which is not allowed.

Can I put images on a T-shirt but don't sell the shirt, that would be non-commercial. Is it personal? Is it OK?
NO. First, to make a T-shirt you would have to make multiple copies of an image, which is not allowed. Second, if you wore the shirt you would be displaying a LSA image publicly, which is not personal and not allowed.

Is scholarly research non-commercial? Can I use images in my research paper?
YES, but only if there is no commercial component to the research and only if the resulting research is not published, reproduced or distributed to anyone. So you could incorporate an image into a research paper prepared for school, but not if the paper were going to be published or archived or microfilmed or distributed in any way.

Can I use images in my comps (layout presentations)?
YES. We encourage the use of our online, low-resolution images for comps. But use in any final product requires a license from LSA. We also have larger comp images available for making higher quality comp presentations.

How can LSA claim a copyright in old photographs that are in the public domain?
It can't. LSA does not claim rights in underlying photographs that are in the public domain. We include a copyright notice on all images, however, to protect our copyright to the digital files that we create.

I want to make commercial use of an image; what do I need to do?
You may call or e-mail (see contact) to discuss licensing possibilities.