Post # 1
I have another thread here going that says that I am getting into Wedding Photography.
One thing that bothers me (and I am not sure if it should) is the talk of making sure you get copyright to the images.
To me that is asking far far too much. You obviously get full usage rights, but copyright is something totally different.
Let me explain where I am coming from.
- Do you expect Apple to give you full copyright to the iphone that you have bought from them? I mean, after all you paid for the phone..its yours to use.
- You buy music via itunes or CD, do you ask that you get provided full copyright for it? Once again, you paid for this.
- You buy a book to read..again, do you ask for copyright?
So if the answers are no to the above questions, then why do you ask photographers for full copyright when you have full usage rights?
The issue of copyright is very important for photographers. Though many don’t understand the value of it. Let me explain. Imagine I had been doing weddings for 25 years and now want to retire. I would like to sell my business to another up and coming photographer. What value would I get if I say that I have no copyrights to my images and that he/she has to connect with the brides to get releases to do anything.
I am sure if you are in business, you would agree that is not a fair deal. Obviously if you pay lots of money(I would say at least 10x the package price you had chosen), than perhaps it is worth it.
Appreciate your thoughts.
Post # 3
9 times out of 10 this is just a misunderstanding about copyright vs printing rights. Most folks don’t know what they’re asking for when they ask for copyright – what they really want is just to be able to print and make albums on their own.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@mariematt: OP is referring to a specific post in which people are telling a Bee to get copyright, not print rights. Seriously, copyright.
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Post # 6
@mrsSonthebeach: Yeah which thread? I hadn’t read that! 😛
I just have been reading that all over the web and here. But no specific thread.
Post # 7
I agree, I think most of the time it’s just confusion about copyright vs print rights.
Post # 8
I agree. We have printing rights for our photos, but the photographer will still hold the copyright. I think many people mix up the two.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Yup, I never realized the difference until recently, through WeddingBee. As a photographer, if you encounter people who have a problem with giving up copyright, I would explain to them the difference between copyright and printing rights… or maybe put a FAQ on your website.
Post # 11
I think people are generally confused with the terms. But if they truly want copyright, I’d make it worth it by charging a heck of a lot more. I don’t really understand why someone would need the copyright to their images if they have the print rights.
Post # 12
There weren’t many photographers I found that would give full copyright, and those that do charge significantly more.
Its my understanding that couples who want copyright are those who don’t want their images sold/submitted without their consent. I understand why photographers want to keep copyright (use pics for portfolio, submit to magazines, etc) but I think that’s why some clients ask.
Post # 13
I haven’t read the other thread, but I would request copyright simply to prevent images of me and my day being sold to someone that I didn’t authorize them to be sold to. It’s more of a privacy issue in my eyes. Perhaps if that were written into the contract then I’d be okay, otherwise no. Finally, if a photographer sells his or her buisness then why do they need copyrights? Surely the new owner is not going to pass off old photos as his work, right?
Post # 14
I also think people are confused with the terms. From what I understand what they really want is lincense which allows them to have use and reprint as many pictures as they want as long as they aren’t making money off it.
Post # 15
@mrsSonthebeach: Yes – people advised her to get the copyright for that photo because she wanted to alter it (combine 2 photos into 1) not just print it.
Post # 16
@BooRadley: That’s exactly right. If you want copyrights the photographer really can’t use the images anywhere ever again so the price will be a premium (I know some will charge $1,000-$3,000 for that). If we gave away our copyrights we would have nothing to show all of you to hire us. 🙂