- 3 years ago
I’ve found a great videographer who is at a decent price and when we briefly spoke over the phone, I asked what he would charge to obtain full copyright ownership of the video content, raw footage, etc. He explained he doesn’t charge for this, and he said if we just don’t want anything posted online or used anywhere that he’d just note it in the contract. He explained he’s worked with people working in the government and law enforcement who do not want their faces out on the internet/in the public. He stated they work with plenty of clients where they have enough work to showcase instead of ours.
With the nature of my work, I need to keep a lower profile and I would rather not have clients I work with somehow find me online or somewhere else. Otherwise I’d be submitting my future wedding photos to tons of wedding blogs – I love them so much!
I just received the contract and I see the following sections:
FILM and COPYRIGHTS: Until final payment for services is made, the videos produced by the Videographer are protected by Federal Copyright Law (all rights reserved) and may not be reproduced in any manner without the Videographer’s explicitly written permission. Upon final payment by the client, limited copyright ownership of the resulting images will be transferred to the client under the following conditions:
The negatives, slides, or digital copies of the videos are the property of the client for personal use and for the purposes of the reproduction and giving of videos to friends and relatives.
The client must obtain written permission from and compensate the Videographer prior to the client or its friends and relatives publishing or selling the videos for profit.
Okay, that’s fine.
EXHIBITION: Client grants the Videographer permission to display selected images or clips as an example of the Videographer’s work and for entrance into competitions and release all claims to profits that may arise from use of videos.
…Okay, well as long as the images or clips are not accessible to the public, I guess?
MODEL RELEASE. The client hereby grants to the Videographer and its legal representatives and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish videos of the client or in which the client may be included, for editorial, trade, advertising and any other purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same. The client hereby releases the Videographer and its legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability relating to said videos.
Here’s where I am most “concerned”. Maybe he forgot to note our request, but I feel like this is exactly what I don’t want. I don’t want my image or video of us online, in a magazine, or an ad for the company.
Do I sound like I’m entering/or have entered bridezilla/ridiculous territory? Does this sound like a reasonable request if I previously mentioned I wanted to obtain copyright to everything so no content can be used? Any videographers/photographers want to explain or weigh in?
I don’t think it would be a big deal to bring this up to the videographer. I know I can politely state that we had discussed not having our image or content from the wedding be used online or elsewhere, and ask that the contract be modified.