The difference between photographs and mere photographs

Some laws distinguish between photographs and mere photographs (eg Spain and Ecuador), providing different levels of protection to both.

Thus, the photographs are considered “works of literary, scientific or artistic creations”, and its authors are creditors of the maximum protection afforded by the legal system, while mere photographs are considered “mere products of the industry,” and lacked - for some laws - some moral rights and / or exploitation, or a shorter period of protection.

Being or not a photograph or a mere photograph is a very subjective issue, however, drawing conclusions from the jurisprudence can understand that the “holidays photos”, in general, would be considered mere photographs, while a picture of the so-called “of author” has maximum protection, and would be considered photograph.