(Closed) what does "full copyrights" mean from a photo package for weddings?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

If I’m not mistaken it means the latter πŸ™‚ you can do what you like!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ifheaven:  

In the UK it means you own the photos and the copying rights (to do as you please with them).

Generally the photographer always owns all rights to the pictures he makes.  That means that someone else can’t use those pictures – for any purpose – without the permission of the copyright owner.  And generally, the user must pay a fee for use of copyrighted images. So if you want copies, you have to purchase them from him ect. 

If you own the copy rights  you can make as many copies as you like ect and it also means they can not use your photo’s for their advertising or sell them on with out your approval. 

Im guessing its the same in other countries – Hope that helps πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@ifheaven:  Well if your photographer is from the United States it means they have little understanding of copyright law.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ifheaven:  If this is a US photographer I’d be suspicious about their skill and experience just based on the wording of that. Any professional photographer knows that copyright and print right are completely different. If a photographer is giving away the copyright of their images it means they no longer own the image and can’t use it in any advertising or on their website. You don’t need the copyright, just print rights.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ifheaven:  Full copyrights in the USA means you can do anything with the photos you want, sell them for profit, advertise with them, print them, you could edit the photos however you liked, they would not have his logo at all & IF he displayed them on his website you could take legal action as it is now your photo, etc. Full print release is what he likely means, meaning you can print them wherever you’d like & can make your own album, but you can not sell them, advertise with them, edit them, etc & your photographer still owns the photo, so (with model release) he can advertise with the photo, sell it, display on his website, only he can edit them, etc. Huge difference!

ETA: If he’s in the USA, no pro would include this in their wedding contract UNLESS you were paying a heafty fee (some may sell a single image copyright for a few hundred, I’ve seen a non-wedding photo copyright sell for over $1k – not the entire CD, just for 1 photo). That or he really messed up on his contract, which likely means he’s not a legitamate pro.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ifheaven:  Well, all you need is the print release & ask him if you get the high resolution images & if his logo is on the photo.

The reason we say its not good is because no legitamate pro US photographer should give you full copyright UNLESS he charged you a lot for it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ifheaven:  

I would go over one entire wedding with him, I wouldn’t hire anyone I didn’t see an entire wedding from anyways.

Example: I give full print release only & do not put my logos on the photos. Some photographers do include the logo. You just have to ask them.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ifheaven:  No problem! However with that phrase, it sounds like your photographer doesn’t have a very good contract. So read over it carefully. Also wanted to add that if you see the logos on a photographer’s website does not mean your images will or will not have them. I watermark every photo I put on my website & facebook. However the CDs/DVDs I give to people do not have them. However I do not give every single photo I’ve taken at a wedding – most photographers will not give you every image. They’ll go through & pick out the best ones… take out the blinks, blurry ones, distorted faces, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ifheaven:  Be sure to check the wording, my photography contract says “copyright print release” meaning I can print, share, post my photos as I please, but my photographer still owns the artwork.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@canthugallcats:  wow i cant believe (ido believe you, am just shocked ha ha) how expensive copy rights are in the US for you guys πŸ™ two of my good friends recently purchased the rights to their entire wedding shots for around £200 extra, we must be really lucky on that front over here πŸ™‚ x

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