ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
Under the law, the copyright belongs to the sole creator of an image. When you click the shutter and the image becomes a fixed form (i.e film, digital card), you hold the copyright. So by placing the copyright notice on an image, you are telling the world you own the copyright to that image.
Sunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 789 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4006 times:
the copyright belongs to the sole creator of an image
true enough but you can sell the rights to the photo at which point your copyright does not mean much.
Siggy. you can set the terms of the sale. If you wish to sell the rights to the photo you can except to receive high compensation - $500 or even higher. If you wish to sell the right-to-use the photo while retaining the rights to the photo you could expect a hundred or so dollars. I suspect you want to sell the right-to-use... if you sell the rights, you will have to remove the photo from here.
If you sell the right-to-use, you should also stipulate its use as explicitly as possible. For example, if he says he wants to use it for the web, you should state in your terms and conditions that no other use is authorized.
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2909 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3905 times:
There are many "conditions" that you as the photographer and copyright holder can stipulate in a contract. For example.
Sale of Rights Outright. You no longer own the photo. This is normally worth big bucks, but remember it's a one-time-score.
Sale of Limited Use rights. You can negotiate the use. eg. one-year only rights then they revert back to you. Set your own time frame. Limited use rights are also good for defining what is an acceptable use. Such as website only.
1st day exclusive rights/first exclusive use rights. Great for a high news value image that a newspaper or magazine will pay extra for exclusive first rights. After they publish, then the rights are automatically open for sale again. If the British Tabs or National Enquirer want your shot, this is the way they normally want it. Also big bucks for the exclusive dependant upon news value.
One time use only rights. When you want to let them use it only once (for example in a magazine) and subsequent use would entail a further payment.
Syndicated rights. When you want to place your image with a syndicate or marketing agency for sale. They generally have a fixed term use contract and you get paid every time the sell or resell an image. Image Bank is a good example.
So just remember, you are in the drivers seat as far as sales go. Be fair and reasonable and repeat business will come your way. Be greedy and maybe once you will get away with it if they are desperate, but in future they will look elsewhere. The sky's the limit in creative marketing and sales