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08/18/2011 11:53:12 AM · #1
Hello to the world of DP - it has been awhile - I made a very naive mistake last year and I am looking for some expert advise.

The town that I live in made an arrangement with me to take some photos to help promote the farmers market. One photo would run each week in the local paper and I was to be credited. I had just moved to the town and thought of it as a decent marketing opportunity - there was supposed to be an ad about me and my photography business as the last photo run. Everything was very rushed on the town's part and I admit I made a big mistake by not laying out exactly what was expected by both parties in a contract. Anyway, I was not credited properly (or at all in some cases) and I made it clear I was unhappy. I put it down to a learning experience on my part and put it out of my mind.

This year I found a brochure where they used all of my images to promote the market - there is no credit to my work and they did not ask permission - in fact I'm lucky I even came across it. I have sent off an email asking for an explanation but wondering if I could get some advice as to what I should do.. do I send them a bill? or do I just further bury myself in my stupidness..

I know the unauthorized use of photos happens all the time so maybe someone with experience can help me out.


08/18/2011 12:04:37 PM · #2
08/18/2011 12:04:49 PM · #3
Did you get ANYTHING in writing? It's hard to tell what your options are without knowing the details of the original agreement.
08/18/2011 12:14:13 PM · #4
I would use their brochure in your business promotion materials. Also why not contact them and ask them for a pdf so you can put it on your website? :)
08/18/2011 12:49:28 PM · #5
Nothing in writing other than emails which I deleted last year. I'm really not usually this dumb.

I've taken the step of emailing her explaining the use is not authorized and why and what our original agreement was. She has emailed me back to say she will contact me tomorrow as she is at a charity event all day. I guess I will wait to see.

I think I'm going to just have to suck this up and realize that the feeling of being taken advantage of was even bigger than I thought but I also know it's my own fault.

Just out of curiousity - I thought printers required you to verify copyright for images when printing? I've had hassles before where I have to prove I'm the photographer and anything I do online I usually have to say I have authorized use. Do you find most printers ask for this authorization now a days? I find it's increasing and I'm glad.. reasons just like this one I am in right now.
08/18/2011 08:48:53 PM · #6
There may be some help here.
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