(Closed) Might sound silly…what is a copyright/free release?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

From what I understand, it means that you can put the photos up onine, print them elsewhere, do whatever you want and the photographer can’t sue you.

Post # 4
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Different photographers have different releases. Most professional photographers don’t release the actual copyrights, but will give you a release form saying you have the right to print them wherever you want to and use them for personal use. If the photographer gave you the copyright, they wouldn’t be allowed to use them at all because you would own the copyright.

Honestly I would be super wary of a photographer that is going to give you the whole copyright. It just seems unprofessional to me.

Post # 5
7305 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Generally photographers will give you personal use rights (for a fee, of course). This allows you to post the images online, make prints, make a photobook, and do anything else non-commercial. It does not allow you to actually alter the photo (e.g. do additional editing in photoshop), as such alterations change the photo itself, which is still the photographer’s property. You can buy the copyright, meaning that the photo is yours alone, which would give you the ability to further alter the photo and use it commercially. However, buying the actual copyright is very expensive.

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