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Hey, I know that from time to time people on Off the Hook, Off the Wall, and speakers from HOPE talk about Copyright and I have a question I wanted to get some opinions on.
I am putting together a catalog of items for employees of my company, so they can order office supplies, etc and we can control which ones they can order (instead of just giving them access to every item that our vendors offer).
Obviously it's easier for people to order things when there are pictures of the items they are ordering. Are there any issues with Copyright if I put up photos of the items (pens, paper, etc)? Do the photographs have to be photos that I myself have taken, or does that not help in any way?
In all honesty, that doesn't sound too dangerous. You're not profiting from their work, and they are actually profiting by getting sales. I wouldn't think they would have an issue. Is this going to be available for them to find? If you are making a paper catalog would the vendors even know you used their pictures?
If all else fails, contact your vendors. I am sure they have customer service that you could ask.
Our head of IT is somewhat paranoid, so that's why this issue came up. I think, after speaking to Legal, we will basically just have to take our own photos of the items we put in the catalog.