What does a copyright mean?

– Please don’t crop an image –

– Please don’t steal an image –

– Please don’t color an image –

– Please don’t sell an image –

All materials produced by Mark Alison Photography and those contained on this web site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Mark Alison Photography, except under the following conditions:

Client Image Use
Clients of Mark Alison Photography are normally provided an Extended Rights copyright release and DVD depending on the project type.  The following is the excerpt from our client contracts:

DIGITAL NEGATIVES, PRINTS and COPYRIGHTS: The photographs, digital negatives or prints produced by Mark Alison Photography are protected by U.S. Copyright Law (all rights reserved) and may not be reproduced in any manner without Mark Alison Photography’s explicit written permission. Upon final payment by THE CLIENT, limited copyright ownership of the resulting images will be transferred to THE CLIENT under the following conditions:

1.     The negatives and/or slides are the property of THE CLIENT for personal use and for the purposes of the reproduction and distribution of photographs to friends and relatives.

2.     THE CLIENT must obtain written permission from, and compensate Mark Alison Photography prior to an event where THE CLIENT, THE CLIENT’S friends or relatives publish or sell the photographs for profit.

3.     Images only in their original given form may be used on personal web sites as long as a copyright notice appears near the images stating that they were taken by Mark Alison Photography as well as a web link to http://www.markalisonphotography.com is placed onto the web site.

I am an artist who isn’t rich, and most likely will never get a mansion or drive expensive cars, but just needs to make money to feed my family.  When my logo is on a photo, it’s not to make it ugly.  People who need beautiful photos see them online and then hire me to take theirs.  Without that, I would be forced to charge twice as much for my services, and that’s just not fair to my clients.  So, please consider me when posting images online and don’t crop out the logo.

In the new age of advanced photo edit software being more available to the general public, many photographers are experiencing theft of their images online.  Photographs are taken from sites like Facebook, the logo is cloned out, and the image used to promote that person’s product or business.  This is a very sad reality that causes loss of business and an unavoidable change in the way an image is branded, leading to larger logos that are harder to remove by digital pirates.  Much like how insurance rates are higher because of fraud, the measures taken against piracy are greater.  I don’t want the cost of my service to increase just because I’ve had images stolen from me.  Instead, if a client wishes to have their photos displayed without a logo, I offer a way to pay per-image to have it removed.  This costs curbs the potential loss of property that could occur from unbranded images on the internet.  It also makes up for the loss of potential clients that would normally see a photo and seek similar services from me.  I must clarify that I already discount my services because of the advertising I get from images being shared on the internet by proud clients.

When I put a photo in black and white and make it all pretty, I am using what is called artistic license.  Many clients like to see photos in a different tone, and I will gladly try it out!  It’s just not fair if someone other than the original artist makes a photograph a different color, crops it different, or does anything to it and then shows it off.  It gets embarrassing when someone tells me, “I saw one of your shots on a friend’s Facebook page, but didn’t really like that orange color you put it in.”

In advance, thank you for being fair and thinking of my hard work while you post your photos for all to enjoy!


Below are some types of photo usage rights that can be applied to images depending on the service purchased by the client.  These aren’t the exact industry terms, but are simplified for general audience.

Limited Rights –

Use: A photo can be displayed in paper and digital form but not printed.
Circumstance: This applies to specific photography services offered by limited professional providers and in our WebReady format.
Client Base: High-investment Weddings, Couples, Maternity, Families, Seniors, Babies, Etc.
Restrictions: User is not permitted to crop, manipulate, print, or sell the image.
Cost Per Image: Varied

Extended Rights –

Use: A photo can be displayed in paper form and can be printed for limited use.
Circumstance: This applies to most photography services offered to the public and in our PrintReady format.
Client Base: General Weddings, Couples, Maternity, Families, Seniors, Babies, Models, Etc.
Restrictions: User is not permitted to crop, manipulate, or sell the image.
Cost Per Image: $0.25 - $25 Depending on number of shots delivered**

Commercial Rights –

Use: A photo can be displayed in paper and digital form and can be printed publically.
Circumstance: This applies to photography services offered to companies and advertising agencies.
Client Base: Model Agencies, Professional Headshots, Advertising Agencies, Restaurants
Restrictions: User is not permitted to sell the image and may pay more or less depending on distributing audience.
Cost Per Image: $25 - $225*

Extended Commercial Rights –

Use: A photo can be displayed in paper and digital form, can be printed publically, and can be sold.
Circumstance: This applies to photography services offered to companies and advertising agencies.
Client Base: Advertising Agencies, Limited Publications, Stock Image Providers
Restrictions: User must pay royalties in some cases.
Cost Per Image: $225 - $480*

Full Rights –

Use: A photo can be used, manipulated, printed, and sold without restrictions.
Circumstance: This applies to most photography services by professionals.
Client Base: Advertising Agencies, Publications, Stock Image Providers, Art Museum Curators
Restrictions: User is not permitted to claim original ownership.
Cost Per Image: $480 - $2000*
*Figures obtained from industry standards and stock image providers
**This is our typical service. Individual images from a session can be purchased to fit any of the other levels of use.

Web Site Usage Permissions
You may reprint or republish portions of text from the site only if there is credit to Mark Alison Photography.

Images displayed on this web site are the property of Mark Alison Photography. IMAGES MAY NOT BE REDISPLAYED ON ANOTHER WEB SITE WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF MARK ALISON PHOTOGRAPHY.

If you wish to obtain a reproduction of an image or if you wish to obtain permission to redisplay an image on another web site, please visit my contact page to inquire usage rights for that certain material.

 

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