The moment a photographer presses the shutter on a camera and captures an images, they have in fact created a ‘work of art’, and at that moment that image is protected by copyright. Someone can buy a copy of that picture for their personal use. They can even purchase a digital version, but regardless, the photographer still owns the copyright. All the buyer has done is purchase certain licencing rights to that image.
Just because an image is posted on the internet does NOT automatically make it free to use. Circumventing image protection in any form, or by any method, including screen capture, is a criminal offence.
Many people confuse privacy with copyright – they are not the same.
If you are in a public place, you can be photographed. You may argue that the photographer has no right to photograph you, but that is not the case. What they cannot do is sell that image without your written permission.
However, your privacy is important to us – so read PRIVACY