(Closed) Rights to photos on facebook

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It depends on the photographer and their contrat.  I was told that I could do whatever I wanted with them, but she asks that I not crop them or sell them for money and always cite her work.  That’s it. 

These were the teaser though – not the full res disc images.

I am assuming she paid him and she owns the photos now right?  She should have gotten a set of photos without the watermark though.  My photographer put the watermarked photos on Facebook but gave me the real ones without the mark.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Eeek, I have no idea about that. She should check her contract with him. Our photographer’s contract states that we get a disc of images and copyright release. So that would definitely be the first step!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yup depends on her contract. MOST photographers nowadays give a disk with all images (without watermark) to the bride and groom and they can post anywhere as long as they cite it (aka in the description of the photo write “Copyright Photographer’s Studio”)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My contract had stuff like this and honestly I asked my photographer flat out what it meant!  I’d ask your friend to try again.  Try calling?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ashescats:  I’m not an attorney but I’m pretty sure that:

1) Unless your photographer gives you a separate slip/note that says you are allowed to get your photos printed with third party vendors (e.g. Costco, Shutterfly), you are not allowed to get them duplicated. [In our contracts, it said pretty much the same thing, but then we bought the digital files, and that came with the duplication release form that allows us to print them wherever we want.]

2) You must get all hard copies/duplicates of your photos from your photographer ONLY unless you buy the digital files of the hi-res images with no watermarks. If you buy the digital files, then they’ll release them for duplication/printing only. You may then also make copies of the digital images for backup.

3) You may not edit them on your own – e.g. pop them into Photoshop and crop/color process/etc.

Was there a separate clause that allows you to post the lo-res images on social media networks? I used a few different photographers for different things and they usually provided either a release saying I can post them as much as I wanted on social media networks or that I must give credit to the photographer when posting (e.g. in the caption, “Photo courtesy of xyz”). Otherwise, I’m guessing that the part about duplication will cover social media.

ETA: I noticed you said you are buying the hi-res images. With this in mind, s/he will likely include in a release allowing you to duplicate/reprint your images and that will likely include social media sites (possibly with the caveat that you have to use watermarked images and/or give credit).

Post # 9
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had to pay more to get all rights to my images, but I knew from the start that it was one of my “must haves” in my photography contract.

Post # 10
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10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It was not negotiable to me to not have all my pictures in full resolution to print and display at my leisure. I found a photographer that agrees. But many wanted extra money to get those rights so that may be the case for your friend. 

Post # 12
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4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Its simple… read the contract. I know exactly what sharing rights I have becasue I negotiated them. I own ALL my photos can display and print and share at will. Any fancy editing he does I do NOT own, unless I pay the fee for them.

Post # 13
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ashescats:  It depends on the photographer. For me, I love when people use images I took of them as profile pictures. As long as they include the watermark (which isn’t easy with FB’s new square photos, but you know, not croping them to get rid of it) or if they upload one that I didn’t put on facebook, saying that it’s by me in the little comment box. I think that’s respectful. BUT each photographer does it differently. I like to include all the images as high-res for printing and low-res for social media, because FB does a crap job of resizing images >.<

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Facebook is a marketing tool.  Any photographer not savvy enough to WANT people to use their photos with the watermark on them are idiots.  It’s free advertising.  Now people who crop the watermark off, or otherwise alter the photo… entirely different story.  You seem like an ideal client for taking the time to figure it out.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Even if you have a hi-res disk you still need a copyright release from the photographer to have them printed.  Legally, at least.  Any good lab will ask for it if they suspect the images to be professional since they will also be culpable in copyright infringment if they print them. 

Anyway – if the photographer owns the images and rights to print them, no, you can’t publish it.  If they have published it on FB it’s fair game, but not if they haven’t. 

Kudos to her for asking, though!  I hope her photographer gets a clue that she’s being respectful, not trying to rip them off, and could help them get some business. 

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