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rogerpilkington
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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2005 12:47PM
Who holds the copyright in this case.

Photographer employed to take some photographs. Later he sells the negatives to the person that employed him.

Does the photographer still keep copyright as the original photographer, or has that now transfered with the negatives to the employer?

No paperwork exchanges hands at any time.
Jamesmcq24
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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2005 1:52PM
The photographer keeps the copyright on any sold photo unless it is specificially indicated and there is a signed contract.

(Edited on 2005-02-13 01:59:10 by Jamesmcq24)
namussi
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:06PM
Surely it depends on the country. In some places, the commissioner automatically gets the copyright unless specifically indicated otherwise.

stwief
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Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:56AM
in a course about "multimedia law", i found the following about copyrights:

it is always intelligent to clearly mention all the details of the deal in the contract.

You can for example sell your picture, without losing your copyright - or you can sell your picture together with the copyright (which definately has to be written down in the contract). Or you can also specify for which specific purpose your picture can be used.
MacphersonPhoto
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Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:05AM
It definitely depends on jurisdiction though. In the UK, copyright in work created in the course of employment belongs to the employer unless otherwise agreed. Copyright in commissioned work belongs to the artist unless otherwise agreed. But there are restrictions on the use the photographer can make of images that were commissioned for private purposes, even though he owns the copyright in them.
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