[thelist] photo copyrights

Symeon Charalabides symeon at systasis.com
Mon Jul 20 15:41:04 CDT 2009

Hi Nan,

Photographs are generally copyrighted to the photographers/publications 
by default and the subject don't generally enjoy great privileges, 
although they have a good stab at "fair use" as you might expect.

She has to track them down and ask for permission to use the images. It 
shouldn't be a problem as photography copyright holders usually allow 
free access to the subject - it's only a distinct group of people after 
all. If she gets any hassle from them, she should subtly suggest how 
she's going to cry blue murder at the greedy corporations making money 
off our (your) esteemed athletes etc.

> I am about to do a website for a former US Olympic athlete. She wants to use
> several of the photos taken of her during the Olympics, and afterwards, like
> when Campbell Soup used a photo of her (and paid her for it). Another photo
> was in Life Magazine.
> So the question is - what about the copyrights on these photos? Since they
> are of her, does she have any rights to use them on her website for her
> business? Or does she have to track down the photographers, call Campbell
> Soup, etc. and get their permissions?


Symeon Charalabides (cosmopolite trainee)

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