Your Wedding Photos & Copyright

You may not realise it but just because you paid someone to take photos of your day doesn't mean you own the photos....

Copyright

We hear the term but don't always understand it fully. Copyright is “the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.” - Lexico.com

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Copyright

In the EU artwork is automatically copyrighted upon creation of the work. No registration is needed. This means that because your wedding photographer pressed the button on the camera to take the photo, they automatically own the copyright to that picture.

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What This Means For You

This is down to the discretion of the photographer.  A wedding photographer should have terms and conditions regarding what you as the buyer can do and not do with your own wedding photos. The wedding photographer should grant you a license to use the images for certain things. For example using on social media, sharing with friends and family and printing.

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What This Means For The Photographer

The photographer is likely going to want to use some of the photos they took of your wedding as promotion material.  Weddings aren’t a return business so new customers are always needed and new, fresh photos are a continual part of bringing in customers.

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Conclusion

The wedding photographer is an artist you are commissioning to document your day. Photographs are creative works, and the copyright law exists to protect the artist.

StartFragmentWe hear the term but don't always understand it fully. Copyright is “the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.” - Lexico.comEndFragment