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Copyrights or Printing Rights?


(Credit: Jet Black Photography)

I know with photographers this always seems to come up so I thought I would post a bit to educate those reading. When finding a photographer for your wedding you will notice you cannot acquire copyrights. This is JUST FINE! You don’t need and probably won’t want copyrights. You want printing rights. Copyrights allows you to say the photo is your work, not the items in the photo but the actual photo itself (it isn’t your work thus pretty much every photographer won’t give you that right). This allows you to go to a magazine, online stock photo company, or any company and sell that photo for profit.

Printing rights allows you to go where ever you want to print off your photo as large as it goes and on whatever you want to (i.e album, mugs, canvas etc.). You’ll also want to check out when you receive a disk of your photos if they are high resolution or only 4×6 most people only need 4×6 to send in thank you cards etc – but double check the fine print.

Julianne Cragg | Edmonton Wedding Planner
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Hope Walls - April 16, 2010 - 10:08 pm

This is something I run into frequently, and often the error is on the part of the photographer and not the client. Under Canadian Copyright Laws, the CLIENT retains copyright unless otherwise expressly agreed to in writing (on their website that is part of the public domain is enough – it doesn’t even require a signed contract!) or via ‘break the seal’ (Microsoft mastered this method) agreements; a printing license is usually all that is required by the client in order to fulfill everything but a few things that retaining copyright, like artistic ownership, affords the photographer.

Haley Shandro - April 16, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Thanks for posting this Julianne! This can be a very confusing topic for some couples, and the information that you have there is perfect – and a nice simple way of explaining it.

Susan Hydzik - April 19, 2010 - 10:48 am

Excellent post! Nice to have it explained like that for couples :). Most photographers do give printing rights with the negatives, but giving away a copy right would not feel good to most photographers!

Radelle - May 21, 2010 - 3:44 pm

Perfectly explained!! Nicely done!

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