Post # 1
Quick question. I was in a wedding a few weeks ago and the bride just got the pictures back. All of them have a big “—-
studios 2012″ (photography company’s logo) on them and we are wondering if we can legally post one each as our profile pictures on facebook.
The photographer posted two on his official facebook page but neither of them she likes.
She asked him if she can use the photos (with his watermark) for her Thank You cards to send out to guests and he ignored her e-mails and when she saw him in person and asked he said no it’s copyrighted.
So just wondering!! would love to show off one of the only good photos we have together from that lovely day!
EDIT: please scroll down to my comment below and tell me if you think my contrct for my upcoming wedding will allow me to post watermarked images on facebook.
Post # 3
It depends on the photographer and their contrat. I was told that I could do whatever I wanted with them, but she asks that I not crop them or sell them for money and always cite her work. That’s it.
These were the teaser though – not the full res disc images.
I am assuming she paid him and she owns the photos now right? She should have gotten a set of photos without the watermark though. My photographer put the watermarked photos on Facebook but gave me the real ones without the mark.
Post # 4
Eeek, I have no idea about that. She should check her contract with him. Our photographer’s contract states that we get a disc of images and copyright release. So that would definitely be the first step!
Post # 5
Yup depends on her contract. MOST photographers nowadays give a disk with all images (without watermark) to the bride and groom and they can post anywhere as long as they cite it (aka in the description of the photo write “Copyright Photographer’s Studio”)
Post # 6
what about my contract, because now I am worried that I won’t be able to post my wedding pictures after my wedding in 10 months, my contract states:
Copyright. All photographs created by —- Photography are copyright protected and the sole property of
Photography. It is a violation of federal copyright law to copy, scan, or allow photographs
Photography has created to be reprinted, duplicated, digitally reproduced, copied, scanned, or altered (digitally or otherwise), without
Photographyʼs express written permission. The Client agrees to purchase wedding photography prints directly from The photographer unless in possession of the disc containing full resolution images which can be purchased separately. Clients that have purchased a disc of high resolution images (with no watermark) are entitled to make copies of that disc for personal backup purposes.
Photography is not responsible for the quality of products not purchased from our lab or us directly.
By the way, we are purchasing the high resolution images disk too
Post # 7
My contract had stuff like this and honestly I asked my photographer flat out what it meant! I’d ask your friend to try again. Try calling?
Post # 8
@ashescats: I’m not an attorney but I’m pretty sure that:
1) Unless your photographer gives you a separate slip/note that says you are allowed to get your photos printed with third party vendors (e.g. Costco, Shutterfly), you are not allowed to get them duplicated. [In our contracts, it said pretty much the same thing, but then we bought the digital files, and that came with the duplication release form that allows us to print them wherever we want.]
2) You must get all hard copies/duplicates of your photos from your photographer ONLY unless you buy the digital files of the hi-res images with no watermarks. If you buy the digital files, then they’ll release them for duplication/printing only. You may then also make copies of the digital images for backup.
3) You may not edit them on your own – e.g. pop them into Photoshop and crop/color process/etc.
Was there a separate clause that allows you to post the lo-res images on social media networks? I used a few different photographers for different things and they usually provided either a release saying I can post them as much as I wanted on social media networks or that I must give credit to the photographer when posting (e.g. in the caption, “Photo courtesy of xyz”). Otherwise, I’m guessing that the part about duplication will cover social media.
ETA: I noticed you said you are buying the hi-res images. With this in mind, s/he will likely include in a release allowing you to duplicate/reprint your images and that will likely include social media sites (possibly with the caveat that you have to use watermarked images and/or give credit).
Post # 9
I had to pay more to get all rights to my images, but I knew from the start that it was one of my “must haves” in my photography contract.
Post # 10
It was not negotiable to me to not have all my pictures in full resolution to print and display at my leisure. I found a photographer that agrees. But many wanted extra money to get those rights so that may be the case for your friend.
Post # 11
i asked my photographer and she said that i can post them
as for my friend, hers said nope
Post # 12
Its simple… read the contract. I know exactly what sharing rights I have becasue I negotiated them. I own ALL my photos can display and print and share at will. Any fancy editing he does I do NOT own, unless I pay the fee for them.
Post # 13
@ashescats: It depends on the photographer. For me, I love when people use images I took of them as profile pictures. As long as they include the watermark (which isn’t easy with FB’s new square photos, but you know, not croping them to get rid of it) or if they upload one that I didn’t put on facebook, saying that it’s by me in the little comment box. I think that’s respectful. BUT each photographer does it differently. I like to include all the images as high-res for printing and low-res for social media, because FB does a crap job of resizing images >.<
Post # 14
Facebook is a marketing tool. Any photographer not savvy enough to WANT people to use their photos with the watermark on them are idiots. It’s free advertising. Now people who crop the watermark off, or otherwise alter the photo… entirely different story. You seem like an ideal client for taking the time to figure it out.
Post # 15
Even if you have a hi-res disk you still need a copyright release from the photographer to have them printed. Legally, at least. Any good lab will ask for it if they suspect the images to be professional since they will also be culpable in copyright infringment if they print them.
Anyway – if the photographer owns the images and rights to print them, no, you can’t publish it. If they have published it on FB it’s fair game, but not if they haven’t.
Kudos to her for asking, though! I hope her photographer gets a clue that she’s being respectful, not trying to rip them off, and could help them get some business.