Photographs are protected under copyright law the moment they are created. Copyright laws in the USA bestow authors with the exclusive rights to their original work. Stealing photographs for personal use or for the purposes of distribution is a violation of the Copyright Act of 1976. Anyone who removes or alters any notice of copyright shall be fined, imprisoned or both. Penalties for felony and misdemeanor criminal copyright infringement are detailed in Title 18 USC, Section 2319. Each photograph on this site is embedded with a code that allows it to be tracked.
Violators will be prosecuted by Joseph Moran Photography under the fullest extend of the law.