Post # 1
My photographer gave me a disc of all our wedding photos. With the disc he had a piece of paper saying that I did not have 100% copyright to the photos, only a limited copyright. It went on to say that this meant I could not uploads pics to a website to be purchased (which makes sense because guests should purchase from him) but that I may email photos and print photos to guests. When I went to make a photobook online, in order to access the program, it asked to proceed only if I had copyright rights. I just want to make a book for my mom. Do I have copyright rights? I am so confused 🙁
Post # 3
It sounds like you don’t have full copyright rights, but if you’re comfortable with telling a “little white lie”, just click “yes” and go for it.
Post # 4
Personally, I’d just check the box that says yes and make your book. Unless your photographer is at your mom’s house and sees the book, you’re fine.
Post # 5
I don’t know. We also have limited copyright, but our photographer’s agreement indicated that we could do anything we wanted except for sell the photos. Also, he will retain the right to use the photos of us for his advertising, etc. If you have the digital files and they are of printable quality, I don’t see why you couldn’t go ahead and make a photobook. You aren’t going to be selling the photobook afterall.
Post # 6
@kayakblondie:This is true.
Thank you ladies!
Post # 7
I would click yes since you have permission to print photos for guests.
From what I understood from my previous photographer, they just don’t want to to use another photographer’s printing services or get the photos professionally printed – but, websites like you are planning to use were covered under our limited copyright release
Post # 8
You could always ask your photographer or check your contract. 🙂
Post # 9
this is typical, you never get full copyright, but a release and permissions to do such things. Making your own book to give your parents sounds fine under this verbage. Please take copyright seriously, if your photographer does, and you violate terms, you can be subject to penalties and damages.
Post # 10
Keep in mind too that the “little white lie” only works if you’re having the book mailed to you. If you want to pick up your book from somewhere like Walmart/Walgreens they will ask to see a copy of your release.
Post # 11
Some photobook companies like Blurb allow you to “publish” your book and sell it online, that might be an issue.
But just getting a book for the parents shouldn’t be a problem at all!