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Message to Models: THE PHOTOGRAPHER OWNS THE RIGHTS TO YOUR IMAGES

07 Oct Model 101 | 1 comment

Staples, Kinkos, etc… Photo copy places like these will usually refuse to make copies of any photographs done professionally, and will require that you provide written consent from the photographer before they make any copies. Why is that? Because they know the law. The federal Copyright Act states that photographers own every image that they take unless they are working for a company such as Wal-Mart or Target. In those cases Wal-Mart or Target are actually the owners or whoever the photographer is working for. I consistently hear photographers telling stories about models who harass them about getting a copy of “their” images. These models for some reason were lead to believe that they owned the rights to their TF images and in many cases even shoots that they paid for. But even in cases where the model pays for the shoot, they are only paying for a one time use right and not purchasing the copyrights straight out. Buying the rights outright is rare. These models seem to think that if they pay for a photoshoot that they have full rights to use the images to make money. Unfortunately for those models, this just is not true. Still it has to be said that just because a photographer owns the rights to your images, he/she does not have the right to publish or sell any of your images without your written consent. So at least there is some level of protection for both parties involved. But the next time you decide to threaten your photographer with a lawsuit or violence think again. He/she is only adhering to the law…. See more on copyrights HERE

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