Copyright in photography means that you own an image you created.   The law says you created that image as soon as the shutter is released.

The photographer who pushed the button owns the copyright.   A photographer will own that copyright throughout their life and 25 years afterward.

All of Mike Ring's images are protected by the Copyright Law (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998), the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office website at

His images cannot be reproduced by anyone other than himself.   Please report alleged copyright infringements by email to