[thelist] photo copyrights

Chris Price chris.price at choctaw.co.uk
Mon Jul 20 15:56:08 CDT 2009

Nan Harbison wrote:
> Evolters,
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Nan
My understanding is that the photos are the property of the author by 
default unless the rights are signed over to another.

If the photographer is freelance, he/she owns the copyright, if employed 
then the employer owns it.

If your client could use the photos without permission that would mean 
she either owned the copyright, in which case others would need to seek 
her permission, or that they were public domain.

In any case, if you are unsure you should seek permission. If you don't 
need it then that's a bonus.

Kind Regards

  Chris Price

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