Walmart sues Photog's widow over rights to images
Unbelievable. Apparently Goliath even thinks they own the rights to their images. The fact of the matter is that under federal law, the photographer owns the copyright to their photos...not the client. Period.
On a slight side note...here's a little FYI for your day:
Although many photographers phrase it incorrectly by saying they give you the copyright to the images to use however you wish, the photographer actually means that he/she is granting you a personal use license to those images. That basically means you're free to use those images for your own personal use (prints, scrapbooking, archiving, etc). Take note that you're not entitled to re-edit or make any alteration to those images...you're only allowed to use them as they are provided to you.
If they provide you a written form saying they give you the COPYRIGHT to the images to use how you wish, then they just transferred ownership of their work over to you. They're no longer legally tied to those images any longer...you now OWN those images & can do whatever you wish with them. You'll be very hardpressed to find a photographer that will sign over their rights to their images to a client.
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