I work as a real estate photographer in Australia, currently trying to move from predominantly sub-contracting for someone else to directly contracting to real estate agencies. Not sure if it's different elsewhere in the world, but down here, it seems to be pretty common practice for agencies to charge the owners for the cost of the photos, even though I only have an agreement with the agency, not the owner. Where I'm trying to work out is a hypothetical situation where the homeowner decides to have a new agency take over the listing, and the new agency decides they want to come to me to ask for permission to use the original photos. Because they're a new agency I have no agreement with, and since I own the copyright, I would charge them a licensing fee in order to use those photos. The problem in my mind is that the new agency would most likely try to push the cost onto the owner once again, who would in turn be understandably upset about having to pay twice for the same photos, and probably come after me in turn. In reality, a new agency is much more likely to just grab the photos off the old agency without any kind of regard for the photographer, but that's when you just start sending them take down notices and threatening legal action, at which point they either decide it's not worth it to use the photos, or we're back to the above scenario where they're paying to use them. So in that scenario, what would you do? Would you try to convince the original agency not to charge the owner in the first place? Would you leave the initial agency agreement as is but insist that new agencies not try to charge the owner? Would you consider it a regrettable fact that the industry works this way but decide that it's not your responsibility and leave it at that? Would you try to make your agreements with the individual owners instead of agencies? Would you stop caring about your rights whatsoever and let any number of agencies profit from your work indefinitely? (not a fan of this approach, if it's not obvious) Would you do something else entirely? Keen to hear what others think.