Bitesize Copyright …
This is a short guide for our customers on what copyright means and how for us and for you, and just to clarify the idea held by some that , if you have paid for images, you can do what you wish with them.
Copyright is legal right that protects the use of your work once your idea has been physically expressed. The current copyright legislation in the UK is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You can find out more about copyright legislation by visiting the Intellectual Property Office.
The photographer (Lensi – as the author of the image) owns the copyright to the photographs we produce on any commission. We own them, but you get the right to use them. Hopefully the following scenarios will help you understand this a little more, incase you are currently confused. We will use a lot of analogies with music because this is often easier to understand for most, as the lines of photography increasingly become blurred with more and more people having access to photography, the internet meaning right click has left people thinking that images on the internet are free to use and hobbyist photographers contributing to the idea that images have little of no value by giving them away in all kinds of ways.
In the same way that musicians control who can reproduce their music, photographers control who can reproduce their images.
Shops, hairdressers and pubs etc all need licences to play music – photographers issue licences to enable people to reproduce their images.
When you commission us for a piece of work, we will ask you about your intended use for the images, and your paperwork will include details of the licence that is issued with your commission. All our commissions include a licence to reproduce for personal use for personal commission such as a birthday party or wedding; and a licence to reproduce for that sole business for commercial / corporate commissions, this means that your business can use these images for all your marketing uses.
Let us highlight this with a few examples.
We shoot your birthday party, you want to put the images on a Facebook folder – FINE
We shoot your birthday party you want to print images for your living room wall – FINE
We shoot your birthday party you want to get t-shirts made up with one of the images on and sell them to your followers – NOT FINE
We shoot your birthday party, you want to print some images to give to your grandma – FINE
We shoot your birthday party, you want to give an image to the newspaper to accompany an article about you – YOU WOULD NEED TO APPROACH US TO DISCUSS ADDITIONAL FEES THAT MAY BE DUE.
We shoot your corporate event, you want to put the images on pull up banners, websites, leaflets, other marketing materials that are not for sale – FINE
We shoot your corporate event, you want to put the images up on display in your school as wall art – FINE
We shoot your corporate event, you want to give the images to other organisations that were at your event also – NOT FINE, this is classed as relicensing an image, which you do not have the authority to do. It is a bit like renting and apartment from a landlord, then sub renting that to other people … you do not have the authority to do so. It would also be a bit like buying a CD from HMV (if one still exists in your area) then making loads of copies and handing them out to your friends … this is illegal.
We shoot your event and you want to place images in a book that is to be sold to third parties – YOU WOULD NEED TO APPROACH US TO DISCUSS ADDITIONAL FEES THAT MAY BE DUE
We shoot your event and you want to place images in a book that will not be sold to third parties – YOU WOULD NEED TO DISCUSS PERMISSION FOR THIS AT THE BOOKING STAGE.
But We Have Paid for the Photos!
Some of you may still have a voice inside saying … but we paid for the photos.
You have paid for the photographers time and expertise in producing these images and a number of prints / digital images. The copyright to the photos will remain with the photographer, and therefore any reproduction without permission would be an infringement of copyright. Remember we all buy computer software that we pay for also, if you look carefully our new copy of Windows 28 (or whatever it is on now) will state clearly what you have permission to do with that software. It will state you can install it on four machines, or that you can use it fora whole college. The usage will effect how much you pay for that exact same software.
Some photographers control the use of their images even further, stating what mediums the images can be reproduced on, this is normally the practice when working with large corporates.
What if I want to use the photos for something else?
Just as if you buy a copy of a book, a song, computer software or a DVD of a film, making that purchase doesn’t give you the right to make copies of it, use it outside the terms of your licence or broadcast it to the public. That right remains with the copyright owner. It is exactly the same with photographs. Photographers will negotiate their own rates or use image calculators such as the one created by The Association of Photographers.
I want full copyright
Full copyright is very expensive. You have heard about the copyright disputes over the Beatles and Michael Jacksons music catalogue and in most cases in photography, it is not needed.
Do you plan on making prints of the photos and selling them? Do you plan on placing the images for license on stock agencies? Do you plan on selling them to newspapers or to an artist to be used on an album cover? Do you want to use the images to market another organisation? Has a mysterious buyer approached you who wants to purchase that particular image for more zeros than you can count? If none of this applies to you, you really do not need a full buyout.
Music vs Photography
Often we understand the copyright issue easier with other mediums because photography has become so available to everyone, the lines get blurred. Let us give you another example : You commission a song writer and music producer to make you a hit record. They do this, it goes to number one, you perform this all over the world, who owns the song and the music? The Beatles will tell you it is not the person who sang the song or even asked for it to be written or produced. Photographs are exactly the same.
So in short, if you commission us for a personal or business / corporate event, our standard licence will cover most of what you need and want to do with the images, you may need to talk to us about any other uses.
Some further sources for reading :
Corporate Photography for Guhring
Corporate Photography for Guhring
We were commissioned by The Alternative Events Company http://www.thealternativeevents.co.uk and Events Specialist Tru Powell for the corporate photography of the official opening of Guhring http://www.guhring.co.uk in Birmingham, an engineering firm bringing skilled jobs to Birmingham.
AV and staging was provided by Saqi Roadshow http://www.saqiroadshow.com so the the factory was transformed into a classy event space. Corporate Photography in a factory was never so easy for us!
Locating the Event
Lensi will shoot the location where your event is happening if it is important to the event story. The Guhring factory was a main part of the story, so it was also important to also create quality imagery around this.
Before the Event
- Who are the delegates?
- Does it look as though they are enjoying the event?
- Are there key delegates that you need to ensure are captured?
- Is there a branding board or other branded items to include?
The Main Event
To show how interesting events are it is important to capture them from various angles an perspectives and reactions to speeches. Key images may include images of speakers, CEO’s, Managing Directors and celebrity guests.
The Official Opening
- Cutting of the ribbon
- Group shot of key delegates / speakers
With this event we also were able to prepare a few immediate images for a press release for Marketing Birmingham http://www.marketingbirmingham.com and released them via our own press agency contacts also.
If you are looking for Corporate Photography, Business Photography or Event Photography, contact us for a quote.
Conference Photography Birmingham
Conference Photography Birmingham
Conference Photography Birmingham – If you are looking for Conference Photography in Birmingham, or searching the web for conference rates, and conference prices, or conference pricing you have arrived at the right place.
Lensi Photography covers a range of events and conference photography in Birmingham and throughout the UK to the highest levels.
You may have a shot list that you wish us to work from, or want us to use our own experience to cover all the essentials of your conference in Birmingham, images can be used to advertise future conferences in Birmingham or another area, for press releases and any other future marketing.
We have covered conferences for a range of sectors including Higher and Further Education, International Delivery Companies, Education Sectors, Corporates and Charities.
Conference Photography in Birmingham would cover essentials such as :
- Keynote Speakers (from various angles)
- Headshot portraits of speakers if required
- Shots of the venue
- Natural shots of the delegates interacting in workshops and Q&A’s
- Images of the awards
- Delegates being awarded certificates or awards.
- Real time social media posting
With rates starting from £375 we have a range of both full days and half day packages that will cover all events adequately. We can also provide bespoke packages.
Corporate Event Photography
Corporate Event Photography
If you are looking for Corporate Event Photography for your Corporate Event in Birmingham or further afield we are the company you are looking for.
We offer full coverage of your event :
- including roaming shots from drinks receptions,
- full coverage of the event and speakers,
- portraits of Awards Winners / Sponsors / Key Players / Speakers
- 12 hour turn around of up to 20 key images for social media or marketing release
- Real time tweeting of images from the event from the professional images taken
- Social Media Upload onto Twitter or Facebook Accounts
- Digital Copies of images for your own Business Use
- Voxpops from delegates
- Pre Event Interviews and Video Clips
We were commissioned to cover the Corporate Event Photography for The Future Faces Annual Dinner and Awards, part of the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, held at Edgebaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham,UK.
A fantastic Corporate Event in Birmingham to recognise the ‘Future Faces’ of Industry in Birmingham.
Venue : Edgebaston Cricket Ground
Audio and Visuals : LNP Sound
Event : Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Event : Future Faces
Event Decor : Mahirs Experience
Entertainment : Ed Gamble