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#1 Chud

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 03:43 AM

What are people's approach with regards to charity work and copyright?

I've been asked if I'll take some shots at an auction for a local charity and I'm happy to supply the charity with digital files and for them to sell them either digitally or as prints and to use the images for their own promotion etc.

I do however want to maintain overall ownership of the images, can someone advise on an appropriate 'level' of license to grant the charity?

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 06:01 AM

What are people's approach with regards to charity work and copyright?

I've been asked if I'll take some shots at an auction for a local charity and I'm happy to supply the charity with digital files and for them to sell them either digitally or as prints and to use the images for their own promotion etc.

I do however want to maintain overall ownership of the images, can someone advise on an appropriate 'level' of license to grant the charity?

Cheers

Richard


I think you have summed it up; Prints for sale to the general public & promotional use.

What is missing is:- Time limit, exclusions & territory.

Time limit (suggest 1 or 2 years) because you may wish to stop the charity using your work for whatever reason in the future.
Territory - UK for promotional use. Internet, restricted to their own website.
Exclusions:- resale/sub-licensing, stock distribution or any other use not cleared with copyright holder first.

I would not allow the sale of a digital file - once its in someone else's hands who knows where it will end up being used. Granted someone could scan a print, but its extra effort over above "copy/paste".

And finally, I would charge them. If I supported the charity, I would add significant discount. Why? So they understood the value of photography - otherwise its just another organisation that thinks its easy, anyone can do it and it has no value.

Edited by decosnapper, 19 September 2010 - 06:03 AM.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:45 AM

Thanks Decosnapper that's really useful - I especially like the exclusions - it neatly ties up any loose ends.

Would you also exclude any modification of the images e.g. cropping etc.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:07 AM

Thanks Decosnapper that's really useful - I especially like the exclusions - it neatly ties up any loose ends.

Would you also exclude any modification of the images e.g. cropping etc.



You are welcome. One other thing that is important. Tell them (on the delivery note spelling out the rights they have) that you assert your moral rights. This ensures two things:-

1. To be identified as the author of the work when copies are issued to the public.
2. To object to derogatory treatment of the work.

Modifications I would exclude too.
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