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Some great responses, everyone… Thanks 😀
Would be interested to know if there’s a statute of limitations on photography copyrights. Will look at the link you provided, phillips719… thanks for that.
I could rant for hours on this issue. I can understand and sympathize with copyrights on actual creative photography and videography. But portrait photos? I don’t mean to offend photographers but, studio portraits are hardly “intellectual” and barely “creative”. It’s pretty much cut and dried, isn’t it? “Move your head that way…. Chest in, stomach out…. stand on one foot whistling Dixie.” Yes, I know, they can be shot standing up, sitting down, squatting, bending, smiling, frowning, etc. etc. Still, tho.. really.
I realize that doing portrait pics takes specialized knowledge… camera, lighting, etc. But so does fixing my car. I don’t have to pay my mechanic royalties every time I use it.
Also, suppose the customer sends me a set of school photos from 10 years ago. Very likely the school isn’t even going to remember who the photographer or studio was. What do we video editors do then? Call them all? Or just turn down the work? “Hey, do you remember taking a picture of Joe Schmoe in 1993? He was the scrawny kid with brown hair and eyes…. c’mon.. you gotta remember him. “
Silliness aside, it’s a big issue with me and surely others. As far as I know, the big studios will NOT allow you reproduce their photos. They would prefer that the customer pay them to reproduce them at their exhorbitant prices. Most likely, the customer will not want to do that… so the customer gets nothing… the studio gets nothing… and worse yet, I get nothing.
Rant, rant, moan, whine. 😉
Thanks for the “ear.” 😀