My photo is not a public domain image. According to the Berne Convention as soon as I press down the shutter on my camera I own the image that it creates. The copyright is automatic and instantly mine. I own the copyright of that photograph for a minimum of 25 years. The Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886. The United States became a member of the Berne Convention on March 1, 1989. My work is signed and has a copyright symbol. I am the owner of that photo and and no one has the right to use it without my permission.