(Closed) Regarding photographer’s copyrights

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
Member
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

It’s normal for photographers to include that clause in their contracts. They want to use the beautiful images from your wedding to increase business, which is understandable. I asked my photographers to include text that stated that before using any pictures to promote themselves or publish, the pictures needed to be approved by me first. It’s a privacy issue for me — I don’t want pictures of my grandma being available to the public unless she says it’s okay. My photographers totally understood and were very amenable to adding it in. After the wedding, I approved a set of photos for them to use however they like, and if they submit them to be published anywhere, they tell me first.

Post # 4
Member
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I received all my contracts before I signed anything.  And I changed what I didn’t like.  They sign the contract too, make sure you get a copy of it!!  So where it says that they have exclusive rights, blah blah blah, I changed it to allow me limited rights for personal use.  And I DELETED the part that said they could use it in ads (or I added the words CANNOT).  A contract is a negotiation.  Only sign up if you’re comfortable and if they agree to your terms.  You are the client!!

Post # 5
Member
83 posts
Worker bee

I think it’s perfectly reasonable to talk with your photographer about your concerns and have the contract amended so that the clauses reflect your wishes.  I was important for me to have a  clause in mine so that not only could I print out the images from my wedding but I could also share them with my friends so that they could print out their own copies.  So, we just put that into the contract along with the regular non-commercial use clause.

Post # 6
Bee
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

When I had my senior pics taken, my mom specifically made them change their contract so that they couldn’t use my photos in their ads, displays, or competitions. I imagine that you could compromise with a wedding too.

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