(Closed) Buying the copyright release disk?? I have questions!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@blacktiebride01: Does your photog offer a disk of your images for purchase? Most disks are sold to you and the images are yours for personal use. You only need the copyright for the images if you want to use them for commercial purposes.

Post # 4
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608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

There is a difference between usage rights and copyright.  I’ve found that very few photographers want to give out copyrights because they spend so much time editing and then you are able to sell their work.  Usage right means you still give credit to them and you can’t sell it but you can print whatever you want for your own use.   Also I think editing is pretty difficult, especially if he gives you the RAW images.  Unless you have the background and the software you probably won’t be able to do much editing.   I think must of their fees come from editing so I would guess having someone else do it would be pretty costly.

Post # 5
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

@blacktiebride01:  I don’t know any photographer (with half a mind) that would ever give up copyright to the images.  As the creater, they automatically own the images and get exclusive copyright.  Typically, the license the client to “use” the images, post them online, and make reproductions,etc.  Why isn’t he doing any editing?  Again, I don’t know any photographer that would allow someone else to edit their pictures.  He should be supplying you with print ready high res, color corrected images.  If there is something unique you want done to the images, you may just need to buy the print through your photographer.

Post # 6
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not sure why you need a full copyright release? Don’t you want your images to be edited by your photographer? I would ask for a disk of the final edited images, that’s what we are getting.

Post # 8
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608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I personally find that to be an odd business practice.  If you are not in love with this photographer I’d look for one that gives you more options and ideally a CD with full usage rights so you can print anything you’d like whenever you’d like.

Post # 9
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@blacktiebride01: I agree with Snowy, there’s no reason he shouldn’t do any work if he’s going to give it to you on cd. It sounds like he’s trying to make you buy overly expensive prints, and there are other photographers that will give you edited images that you can print yourself.

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