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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · LEGAL QUESTION (Yes, I know this is the internet, and that you're probably not a lawyer) |
Here's the situation.
I was hired by a family of three (two adults, one toddler) to do family/lifestyle photoshoot of them. It turns out that the husbands brother, who is divorced, wants photos of himself and his child shot as well in the same session. That's totally fine with me, so I adjusted the price accordingly.
This morning, I received a text message from the ex-wife:
"Hello Tyler. I understand that you will be taking photos of [name redacted]. The point of this text is to let you know that I do not give you my permission for you to put pictures of [name redacted] on the Internet or use pictures of him in any way to represent your business. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me."
It is part of the agreement/contract with the father that I retain copyrights to the images for web usage and as part of my portfolio. They share joint custody of the child, and she is not involved with the shoot or paying for it in any way.
Does she have any leg to stand on if I tell her "Sorry, Ma'am, but I retain the copyrights and usage rights for social media or portfolio usage." I've put the shoot on hold due to the weather, and partly because of this reason.
I would like nothing more than to be able to display the images on social media, or my portfolio, because frankly I hate his ex wife (past history with her, huge bitch).
Any help or experience would be appreciated. Thank you all!