(Closed) If I have a limited copyright on my photos, can I make a photobook for my family

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

It sounds like you don’t have full copyright rights, but if you’re comfortable with telling a “little white lie”, just click “yes” and go for it. 

Post # 4
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Personally, I’d just check the box that says yes and make your book. Unless your photographer is at your mom’s house and sees the book, you’re fine.

Post # 5
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know. We also have limited copyright, but our photographer’s agreement indicated that we could do anything we wanted except for sell the photos. Also, he will retain the right to use the photos of us for his advertising, etc. If you have the digital files and they are of printable quality, I don’t see why you couldn’t go ahead and make a photobook. You aren’t going to be selling the photobook afterall.

Post # 7
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would click yes since you have permission to print photos for guests.

From what I understood from my previous photographer, they just don’t want to to use another photographer’s printing services or get the photos professionally printed – but, websites like you are planning to use were covered under our limited copyright release

Post # 8
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You could always ask your photographer or check your contract. 🙂

Post # 9
1405 posts
Bumble bee

this is typical, you never get full copyright, but a release and permissions to do such things.  Making your own book to give your parents sounds fine under this verbage. Please take copyright seriously, if your photographer does, and you violate terms, you can be subject to penalties and damages.

Post # 10
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Keep in mind too that the “little white lie” only works if you’re having the book mailed to you. If you want to pick up your book from somewhere like Walmart/Walgreens they will ask to see a copy of your release.

Post # 11
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Some photobook companies like Blurb allow you to “publish” your book and sell it online, that might be an issue.

But just getting a book for the parents shouldn’t be a problem at all!

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