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05/25/2006 05:16:16 PM · #1
Here is my problem; I have taken photos for various different clients (mainly interior photography) and I am a little unclear on whether I can use some of them in my online porfolio (i am currently just finishing it up). Do I have to ask permission? Can I just put the shot on the site aslong as I mention who they where for? What do i need to know?

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Matt
05/25/2006 05:19:16 PM · #2
They own the rights. Start putting a clause in your agreement to allow promotional use by you. Ask for permission for the ones you've already done.
05/25/2006 05:30:44 PM · #3
Originally posted by TechnoShroom:

They own the rights. Start putting a clause in your agreement to allow promotional use by you. Ask for permission for the ones you've already done.

Whether they own the right or you do depends on the nature of your contractual agreement with them, whether written or verbally agreed-to.

Basically, if you work as an independent contractor, then you have the copyright (with possible limitations on their use), but if it is considered a "work for hire" then the client owns the copyrights.

I strongly suggest you do some reading at the US Copyright Office, and/or order some books on the subject from [url=//nolo.com[/url] before you commit to any further action.
05/25/2006 05:54:55 PM · #4
I only do the photography on the side, I am a graphic/web designer by trade, so all the work I do is verbal. In fact usally I am just contracted out by other companies to take the photos for them, so I guess I am like a 3rd party photographer. Also are there differences in the copyright laws between Canada and the US... I live in Canada.

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Matt
05/25/2006 06:09:02 PM · #5
The laws are likely to be substantially the same, but this may be a case where they could differ. Perhaps you can find (and post!) a link to the Canadian equivalent to the Copyright Office; they are very likely to have similar basic info on Canadian law there.
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