Post # 1
Longtime lurker, first-time poster with a question. I used one of our engagement pictures (one of two that we ordered hard copies of) on our wedding invitation, and because of the small size (oval), the watermark which was in a corner, was cropped out. I didn’t think much of it at the time (too focused on getting the invitations done!!), but I now have a meeting set-up to go over everything with the photographer and they would like to have an invitation.
The invitations are all printed and just about ready to be mailed, and I’m worried that they will be upset about the picture, since I don’t believe we actually have the copyright to it. Should I ask them about this before the meeting or just show up with the invite and hope they don’t care? Hopefully I’m just making a mountain out of a molehill, but any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t worry about it. If they ask, explain just as you did here.
Post # 4
Why do they want an invitation? Can you just send them a pdf of it with the watermark?
Post # 5
I think you are going to find that your photographer is going to notice and comment on it. You may have ordered the hard copy (print) but you likely didn’t have permission to use it in your wedding invitation. You also cropped out the watermark, which is a no-no. I personally sell files in my business, but most of my collegues do not, and this issue comes up quite a bit.
I might admit that you were unaware of the legality involved in using the photograph without permission, and see if there is a fee for licencing the one image that you did use. Your photographer may not make you pay, but you should be prepared that this is a possibility. :S
Post # 6
I think mostly to know the details for the wedding, but I think they’ll also use it in pictures (hence needing an actual copy). I thought about making one without the photo in it, but that seems like I’m ‘hiding’ what I did on the rest of them, and even though the chance they would see another invite are small, somehow I feel that’s worse to do.
Post # 7
Well, honestly what you did was illegal. I’d call them and explain the situation — did they have you sign off on policies? And did it say anything about digital files or reproduction rights? Even if you had left the watermark on, what you did is still illegal as you do not have reproduction rights to the image (even if you bought a printed copy).
I think the photographer is asking so they have a hard copy of the exact start time and date so nothing gets mixed up.