Wedding Photos Ownership Computer Law Intellectual Property
I want to post my wedding pictures on the Internet but the photographer claims that he retains the copyright, though there is no clause in the contract. Since I hired him, don’t I own the copyright?
If he has the copyright, he can control the works.
One approach that bears some element of risk, however, is just post it and if he finds out, let him sue you and have a judge or jury decide.
If it was your understanding that you would own the images, and especially if you told him you planned to post them on the Net, you may win.
But get a lawyer to advise you locally before you do as if it comes to litigation, you’d best be prepared and fully understand the consequences.
Obviously this is all about money — he wants more (as photographers traditionally make their money by further orders and not the taking of pictures). Getting him to name his price to relinquish his rights should limit the possible damages he may recover.
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