Re: Photography credits

Subject: Re: Photography credits
From: "Smith, Martin" <smithmr -at- ENCORP -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 19:44:13 -0700

Sella Rush wrote

>Think of photographs as you would your own writing. If you wrote a
poem and
published in a literary mag, which someone buys, how reasonable would
you be
if you found it on a web site credited to the person who bought it?

True enough. However, what if you purchased a set of portraits from a
photographer and then found your portrait used in a magazine add some
time later. I personally wouldn't be very happy about that. The
negatives may belong to the photographer but your likeness belongs to
you, which makes photographs somewhat different than poetry. Selling
someone's likeness for money generally involves paying a model for his
or her time, as well as negotiating specific rights to profit from the
sale of those images. Likewise, a writer who pens an article sells
specific rights to the magazine in which the article is published. In
some cases, writers and photographers may be free to resell their work a
specific number of months or years after its initial publication.

Quibbling aside, I think the simplest solution by far is to borrow a
digital camera and take snapshots of everyone.

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