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jtusa181 05-02-2012 05:52 PM

Need some pro legal advice
So now that im actually getting some wheres and making sales, here is a question. Have a guy who wants his pictures on a CD. Is there anyway to cover me from him copyrighting my pics? Like if he was to post them online, could I have a legal document made saying he has to give proper photo credit to me? Or do I just suck it up and just hope he dosent? I dont know what you guys do so thought I would ask ;)


dgorman47 05-02-2012 05:57 PM

You could watermark them all but I suppose he could just photoshop that out if he is capable of doing so. Did you have him sign any paperwork? BTW couldn't you just set it so he could down load them from your smugmug account instead of making him a CD? Otherwise charge him a fee for the original files I suppose.

jtusa181 05-02-2012 06:00 PM

Forgot about the smugmug download capability lol. Here is another question though..would it be personal photo license download?

dgorman47 05-02-2012 06:02 PM


Originally Posted by jtusa181 (Post 2328442)
Forgot about the smugmug download capability lol. Here is another question though..would it be personal photo license download?

Him, not sure about that. The new cam I just got has an option to embed copyright info into the picture file. If you have that option you could always go that route. People can always find their way around anything if they really want to. Are you just concerned about getting credit for the photos or is it a money thing?

jtusa181 05-02-2012 06:04 PM

Not worried about money, im gonna get paid before they get the pics ;) And your right, im worrying about something that is impossible to avoid.

So for you smugmug site owners, would I be selling the downloads as a personal photo license?

And BTW, since I last posted in this forum I upgraded to Pro account and got my own domain :)

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Steed 05-03-2012 06:33 AM

Short answer, no. Longer answer, no.
When you sell a digital image through any digital medium you mark on that media what the images can be used for in the disclaimer ie "Not for advertising" or "For personal use only". You could watermark or sign your image (Signing is much more tastefull) in small quantities but it depends on what you're selling and what you're willing to do, time/money.
If you see your images being used for commercial reasons, in an ad contact a lawyer and contact the customer about their error, if they ignore you have your lawyer file Copyright infringement papers. Make sure that you have a disclaimer.

jtusa181 05-03-2012 06:47 AM

Now that I have my site setup to actually sell, I dont like pics on my site to be watermarked since if they order prints, the prints would tend to look blehh with the watermark still on them, in my opinion. Ah well, like I said, fighting something that I have no REAL control over..if someone really wants to they could always take 2 minutes to make the watermark "disappear" anyways. I'll just make sure to sue anyone stealing mah stuff ;)

Steed 05-03-2012 09:12 AM

If you're using smug mug you can place a temporary water mark on your images and turn on file sharing, this lets a person link to the image from their social media site = views. No worries though the water mark is only for the preview image not on the final print. Then again you also have the copyright protection tool on smug.

jtusa181 05-03-2012 10:58 AM

Yeah I messed with the smugmug watermark thing and got angry at it and gave up :p So I have right click protect on instead lol.

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