Post # 1
I have been having conversations with several photographers about wedding photo copyrights and the opinions run the gamut from “I will always own the copyright to images I take” to “Who cares about the copyright, its their day, not mine.”
I personally was lucky enough to find photographers who will license my photos under Creative Commons but I’ve found that isn’t the norm for wedding photographers.
If you’ve found a photographer for your wedding, what kind of copyright, if any, will you have for your photos?
Post # 3
I am only talking to photographers who give me full rights to print, edit, and post my own photos. I’m sure they will remain some copyright to use them as marketing or whatever and thats fine, but I wouldn’t go with a photog that wouldn’t give me a disc with high-res images on it bc there is no way in hell i’m paying $40/print 🙂
Post # 4
My photog is giving me full rights. That was a non-negotiable to me.
Post # 5
I will also have full rights. They will still be able to use them, but I will also be able to use them any way I want.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
It was a non-negotiable to me to have a cd with the edited high-res images that I could do whatever I want with!
Post # 7
I think the CD with printing rights is not the same as owning the copyright to the photos.
Post # 8
wow…i haven’t even thought about that. one more thing to add to my list for vendors.
Post # 9
I have full access to all of my photos with the right to print and distribute. However if they appear in a public forum, I link back to her out of respect. I mean, if you have access to a disc of images to print, etc, I dont really care what my photographer does with the images she has. She does respect me by telling me any time they are being used, as I do for her
Post # 10
Unless you absolutely don’t want your photographer to use your photos for publishing and advertisement purposes, then receiving high-res. CDs/DVDs and copyright permissions is for all intents and purposes to the bride and groom exactly the same as owning the full copyright.
My photog actually had it written into the contract that we were purchasing the copyright to all photos. I liked that.
Post # 11
All I really wanted was a photo DVD with a release and no watermark so I could make my own copies. I don’t think she’s giving up the copyrights persay, but making an exception. Personally, it’s her work and she can keep the copyrights as long as I get what I pay for (i.e., the prints)–plus, I get to be promo for her because I’m only her third wedding or something! Nothing cooler than having others drool over your pics!
Post # 12
I’m getting full rights. Then again, my photographer is a very good friend of FH’s and me and is doing our photos as her wedding gift to us.
Post # 13
Just wanted to point out that there is a difference between copyright/full rights to the photos and limited licensing/print release. To get full copyright of the images, you’re essentially saying that the photographs are now yours, not the photographer’s, meaning, for example, that you could use them in your own advertising and your photographer couldn’t. A photographer would charge you an arm and a leg for that, if they’d even sell it to you at all. What photographers actually offer when they give you a DVD of high res images is limited licensing, which enables you to print your images.
Post # 14
We’re getting a high-res disc with all of our pictures. Our photographer still has the right to use our pictures in advertisements/marketing/online, which is fine with me. My number one concern was being able to have access to print/publish all of our pictures!
Post # 15
I have a high-res disk as well with rights to print and edit the photos.
Post # 16
Thank you OWL! It seriously disturbs me how many brides confuse “copyright” with “usage” rights. I would have to say photographers who give away actual copyrights are FEW AND FAR BETWEEN and usually only do so when the bride makes a specific statement saying “I do not want you using my images for your portfolio or anything ELSE.”
The rights most photogs give away are usage rights to print and post images online, but they maintain the copyright, which means they can use them in their portfolio, put them on promotional materials or even sell them if they want. The photographer OWNS the images, not the subject. Personally, while I have no problem giving away usage rights, I would not ever give away the copyrights to my photos.