(Closed) Copyright?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Does your contract include the copyright to your photos?
    Yep, I own/will own the copyright to all my wedding photos. : (46 votes)
    79 %
    Kind of. I had/have to pay separately for copyright to individual photos. : (4 votes)
    7 %
    No way. My photographer will not release the copyright to my photos no matter what. : (3 votes)
    5 %
    My photographer licenses all their photos under Creative Commons. : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Other. (Explain below please?) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    My photog is giving me full rights. That was a non-negotiable to me.

    Post # 5
    8351 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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 # 8
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    wow…i haven’t even thought about that. one more thing to add to my list for vendors.

    Post # 9
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I have a high-res disk as well with rights to print and edit the photos.

    Post # 16
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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.

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