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

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@M1cha3la:  There’s a lot of stuff that the UK does better than the US.  We’re a young country, so we still have a ton of mistakes to make lol.

Post # 18
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149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@housebee:  lol, we get crappy weather all the time though, so guess it evens out ha ha. 🙂

Post # 19
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@housebee:  If your photographer gave you “copyright,” he or she gave you release to do ANYTHING you want to the photos (print, copy, edit, etc.), and he or she can no longer claim the photos at his or her work. Your photographer most likely did NOT mean copyright, but printing rights–here’s a really good article that explains the difference.

ETA: OP, am I reading this right? You WANT all of your photos with the photographer’s watermark on them? 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@M1cha3la:  Well it varies by photographer :). I’m part of a photography forum & one of them sold the copyright for a single photo for a few thousand! It about blew me away! It wasn’t a wedding photo though, so I’m going to edit my last post!

Post # 23
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As far as I know it’s that they give you the rights to your photos so you can print whatever you want w/o their logo or ordering from them 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@vorpalette:  Oops, just re-read what I typed, I meant to say “print release” not “copyright release”*

Post # 27
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6386 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@vorpalette:  See what happens when I get distracted mid post by this (he was having a seriously adorable doggy dream lol)

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

  @USER876: Yea its possible the photographer is a fake or brand new to weddings. If any of his former clients really read their contracts, that photog would be out of luck!

OP – also I’d ask for references from previous clients & look up reviews like on Yelp, etc. Sometimes doing a google search of the photographer’s name & state will give you results. Like @USER876 said, sometimes bad contract wording can mean they have no idea what they’re really doing.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Remember brides, you do not need full copyrights to your photos unless you plan to SELL THEM FOR PROFIT.  What you do need is a print release if you want to make prints at the lab of your choice, and you should establish in writing whether or not it’s acceptable to use non-watermarked images on the web.  It’s highly uncommon for a photographer to not deliver high resolution non-watermarked files anymore, but it’s not bad to verify this.

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Full copyright release means they are handing the pictures to you….which I’m confused! I would never give a full copyright release twitch prints or digitals. If I did I’d charge thousands for the digitals. The photographer is handing over their work. Normally a limited print release rights is given to the couple allowing them to print the digitals they receive, but they can’t re-edit the images, sell, or submit for publishing or advertising without the phitographer’s consent. The copyrights stays with the photographer since they own the images as their work of art and a limited releasis an be provided. It’s another reason why images and weddings seem costly. Photographers that value their time (day of shoot and all the hours of editing) are taken into consideration when “selling digitals since the couple will now be able to print the digitals at home instead of using professional lab of the photographer.

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