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02/29/2016 03:25:16 PM · #1
Hi All,

Please can you help.

I am being offered a picture of a famous person. This was bought by a dealer at auction and now the the dealer is selling to me. The dealer says he will give me a letter of transfer of ownership but tells me he did not get one from the original seller.

If I buy this pic will I have all rights to do what I want with it and use as stock?

Thanks all

Tony
02/29/2016 04:18:28 PM · #2
No...you need those from the original photographer.
02/29/2016 04:22:27 PM · #3
Thanks for the reply, even if the pic was taken in a public place ?
02/29/2016 04:34:23 PM · #4
Nope, it's not about where it was taken, but who took it. The person who shot the image maintains the copyright.

ETA. Buying the copyright, full rights of an image is usually very expensive.

Message edited by author 2016-02-29 16:35:42.
02/29/2016 04:39:54 PM · #5
Originally posted by TonyUK:

Thanks for the reply, even if the pic was taken in a public place ?

UK law may be different, but generally the copyright remains with the photographer -- it's only because the photographer can choose to restrict number of copies made that the print you are buying is worth more than the paper it's printed on (cliche intentional).

You may have a limited right to reproduce it -- for example, listing in a family history or insurance inventory -- but buying the print definitely does not give you the right to re-license it as stock.

That the photo was taken in a public place makes no difference (to your situation).
03/01/2016 02:16:47 AM · #6
Thanks all - top advice from all
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