Walgreens will not sell me my own photos. SO ANNOYED.

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ArizonaGirl:  What a tool. If there is no copyright or water mark, I don’t understand what the big deal is! 

Post # 4
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7929 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m sorry this happened to you. I do remember that the last time (about 4 days ago) I ordered photos from Walgreens, there was quite an obvious box on the right side that said I may be required to produce a print release for my photos.

Just, ugh, the frustrations. 

Post # 6
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390 posts
Helper bee

By default the photographer always owns the copyright to the photographs they take. Regardless of what permissions that they give you. All labs are required by law to recieve proof that you have reproduction rights to the photographs that you print there. Copyright infringement and intellectual property laws are very serious and not only can they get sued by the photographer, they will get fined by the federal government and the employed that printed them will lose their job and likely get sued by the employer. 

Legally, they have no choice. The best thing to do is get your friend to write up a release that says that she is the photographer of the images and that she gives you permission to print them. Make sure she lists your name in the release. 

 

Post # 7
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

That’s so bizzare! I could understand if there was a copyright mark on the photos but seriously. They shouldn’t be trying to decide who took the photos simply by how they look. 

Post # 9
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561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@atomic:  Yep. 

I used to subcontract at a studio that was next door to a lab, and they’d come over whenever they’d get photos that looked like they were done at our studio and make sure they had bought the release for them. If your friend took them, get a release? If they’re charging money, they should be able to produce a release no problem. If you don’t want to take that route, go to another place?

Post # 10
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561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Also, to all the people commenting about watermarks.. the majority of people who steal photos, take them from the internet since a lot of photographers don’t use watermarks (which is why some photographers only blog photos that clients have purchased). 

Post # 11
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663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

walgreens did the exact same thing to us for our maternity photos. I guess it really ia their nation wide policy. I was so annoyed and filed a complaint about the manager because he was beyond rude in ” explaining the policy” to me. 

Post # 13
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663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Go to any of the online labs, they printed ours with no questions plus its better quality 

Post # 15
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390 posts
Helper bee

Technically, since you paid her, they are legally considered “professional”. On the most part though, it is just a judgement call that labs have to make on a case by case basis. This is basically a result of people being so “sue happy”. Every business has to protect themselves thouroughly. 

Also, the employee that printed the first set for you likely got in a LOT of trouble for doing so after you stated that to their boss.  

Post # 16
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390 posts
Helper bee

Try mpix.com they are fantastic. 
Walgreens are crappy labs anyways, just like all “drugstore/superstore” labs.

 

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