Copyright Issue - How do I approach this?

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  1. rub

    rub TPF Noob!

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    A recent client of mine has made copies of some low resolution images of mine - at least, that is how I am seeing it.

    My photos - which were sent to her for online viewing and email sharing only:

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    And then today I stumble across this:

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    It's a photo of your photos, is that really an issue?
     
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    She didn't purchase the prints, or the rights to make prints. I do think that is an issue.
     
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    Oh, I see... it's not the photo of your photos that's the issue - it's that they made prints of the photos in the first place.

    Gotcha :)

    Nice catch.

    Send a huge bill for the rights to print your work :D
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's part of the problem with sending client digital images for proofing or whatever. They probably don't know the difference between them and high resolution files...and they probably have no understanding of copyrights etc. What they know is that they have digital images and it's only natural for them to want to print them. It's not right, it's not legal...but that's what it is.

    Did you let them know, in no uncertain terms, that the files were not for printing?
     
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    I'd do the same thing to be honest... (print them). Copyright is so hard to get a grasp on and understand.

    The mentality:

    "I paid you to take the photos, so if you email me them then they are mine to do with how I please."

    "If I hire a photographer to take photos, I should get the photos."
     
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    Yes, I did.
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    Hello Ashley,
    I would like to invite you to view your photographs at Kristal Burgess Photography.
    Please visit my website at http://www.kristalburgessphotography.com/photocart. Click the Access Gallery link and enter in the access code below:
    Access code: XXXXXXXX

    From there , you can order prints, digital files, an many other custom products.

    I have also included 5 low resolution images that have been posted to your Facebook page. These files may be used for email sharing and posting on your profile. They DO NOT include rights for printing or making copies, however.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Kristal Burgess Photography
    http://www.kristalburgessphotography.com/photocart
     
  8. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Have they ordering any prints from you ?
     
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    No prints have been ordered yet. She had emailed me a few questions about buying the digial files, but they was some time ago now.
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    How do you know that it is your client that printed the images ?
    Are you sure this is your client in the image ?
    This is where it will get tough ... you could send the client a notice about copy right infringement and see if they fess up to it. ... it would be difficult to push it further than that without proof.

    Maybe you should have put your Logo through the center of the proof images (watermark) ... so clients will not bother printing them.
     
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    I wouldn't get too upset about it. Keep a positive attitude and try to sell file/prints like any other job. However, I hope you learned your lesson...don't send/give out files again, unless you add more protection/deterrents. For example, you could put big/prominent water marks on files that you send. You could put 'do not print/copy' right on the images or on the back of prints.

    Getting upset about it (to the client) will only damage your reputation, which in this business, could be a big mistake. If anything, maybe let them know that it's not OK to make prints with those files and ask them not to do it again.
     
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    Bummer.
     

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