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| p.1 #10 · hard ball with copyright ownership |
Micky Bill wrote:
Allowing a client to have control over your images may make a difference if there are other uses for the image some where down the line...I do alot of work in the auto industry and there are many uses ranging from internal/corporate, editorial, marketing, catalogs and advertising. When do a job we limit the usage right to what they need at the time. If they need to re-purpose for an ad campaign or catalog they need to upgrade the use. And the $$$ I can see this being the same in a hospital business especially as they expand in...Show more →
This is precisely the reason why retaining copyright is important and a major component in the business decision. In fact, it was the basis for a major alteration of the copyright law in 1978. A photographer had been contracted by a major advertiser to shoot for some consumer print ads (magazine ads) and priced his work accordingly. The next thing he knew was that his images were being used for aisle displays, trade advertising & marketing, etc., and with no additional compensation. His lawsuit altered the copyright law forever.
Part of parcel of that copyright law revision was to AUTOMATICALLY assign all copyrights to the creator. No filing necessary. No paperwork necessary. Photographer, writer, etc. gets the copyright and, in the event of a dispute, only has to prove having taken the picture. The copyright ownership is voided, of course, if one AGREES via contract to relinquish that copyright to the client ... as is being asked of the OP. But if that contract isn't signed or isn't requested, the creator owns the copyright, no questions asked.