siggi757
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How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:36 am

Hi there!

I just got an e-mail from a guy who wants to use this picture of mine for the website of his company.


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I have a couple of questions?

How much do you charge for such use and what is the best method of payment? Am I selling the copyright and if so do I lose the rights over the picture?

The guy does neither state the name of his company nor include any address or phonenumber. His e-mail address is at hotmail.com.

All advise is much appreciated.

Siggi Ben
 
EGBB
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:50 am

Is his name Chad?

Derek Pedley
 
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:50 am

This just might be a guy whos looking for a free photo.

If he requested the photo and included your name, then it is usually a serious request.
Try to get in touch with him and figure out what type of web-site it is..........then go from there.

-Dmitry
P.S. nice photo - I like the composition!
 
ExitRow
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 6:03 am

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.

From http://www.handcolor.com/features/articles/copyright.asp

See also: http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/

Bear in mind, this is U.S. law.

As for what to charge, you might want to do a search in this forum for similar, previous requests. You should be able to gauge from that.

 
sunilgupta
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 6:24 am

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.

Sunil


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JeffM
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 7:02 am

I got this one this morning, @hotmail as well.....

I would like to use this photo if possible on my companies web site.
Could you please advise of cost, if any, asap.
Many thanks
Darren

Photo was of one of my BizJet shots..

Good Luck.

v/r
Jeff
 
siggi757
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 7:06 am

Thank you all very much for the answers.

Yes Jeff, the e-mail I got is identical to the one you speak of.
What do you think? Is this just a case of BS.

Regards,
Siggi Ben  Smile
 
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 7:40 am

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

Steve

 
JeffM
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RE: How Much Should I Charge?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 2:20 pm

Siggi,
Most likely I'm afraid. Make him an offer, ask for the link to his web site to see if it meets your standards.

Jeff

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