(Closed) What's with getting copyright for you?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

9 times out of 10 this is just a misunderstanding about copyright vs printing rights. Most folks don’t know what they’re asking for when they ask for copyright – what they really want is just to be able to print and make albums on their own. 

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

@mariematt:  OP is referring to a specific post in which people are telling a Bee to get copyright, not print rights. Seriously, copyright.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mariematt:  +1

I agree, I think most of the time it’s just confusion about copyright vs print rights.

Post # 8
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree.  We have printing rights for our photos, but the photographer will still hold the copyright.  I think many people mix up the two.

Post # 10
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3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Yup, I never realized the difference until recently, through WeddingBee.  As a photographer, if you encounter people who have a problem with giving up copyright, I would explain to them the difference between copyright and printing rights… or maybe put a FAQ on your website.

Post # 11
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914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think people are generally confused with the terms. But if they truly want copyright, I’d make it worth it by charging a heck of a lot more. I don’t really understand why someone would need the copyright to their images if they have the print rights.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

There weren’t many photographers I found that would give full copyright, and those that do charge significantly more.

Its my understanding that couples who want copyright are those who don’t want their images sold/submitted without their consent.  I understand why photographers want to keep copyright (use pics for portfolio, submit to magazines, etc) but I think that’s why some clients ask.

Post # 13
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924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I haven’t read the other thread, but I would request copyright simply to prevent images of me and my day being sold to someone that I didn’t authorize them to be sold to.  It’s more of a privacy issue in my eyes.  Perhaps if that were written into the contract then I’d be okay, otherwise no.  Finally, if a photographer sells his or her buisness then why do they need copyrights?  Surely the new owner is not going to pass off old photos as his work, right?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also think people are confused with the terms. From what I understand what they really want is lincense which allows them to have use and reprint as many pictures as they want as long as they aren’t making money off it.

Post # 15
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1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mrsSonthebeach:  Yes – people advised her to get the copyright for that photo because she wanted to alter it (combine 2 photos into 1) not just print it.

Post # 16
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BooRadley:  That’s exactly right. If you want copyrights the photographer really can’t use the images anywhere ever again so the price will be a premium (I know some will charge $1,000-$3,000 for that). If we gave away our copyrights we would have nothing to show all of you to hire us. 🙂

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