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#1 Richard Law

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 02:50 PM

I have been approached my a company who wish to obtain a hi-res file of a photo I shot that shows a race car belonging to them. They will provide me with some of the products they manufacture by means of payment. They plan to use this photo to create a canvas for their office wall.

I can happily provide this photo without my own logo appearing on it but what is the best method to stipulate that the photo can only be used for this one purpose and not for any commercial use?

Appreciate any advice offered.
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:12 PM

I think your options are:

 

1) You make the canvas for them (to their specifications) and charge them.  I would charge for your costs + a reasonable markup for your time and skills, or

 

2) Write up and have them sign a contract specifying exactly what they can and can't do with your digital image, and charge them an appropriate fee for the high-res file.  Make sure to stipulate that they cannot under any circumstances alter/modify your image. I had a problem with a non-profit that I donated files to, and they did some horrible editing to one of my images that they printed in their brochure!  I learned my lesson the hard way, and now whenever I sell image files or donate them, I make sure my agreement stipulates that there will be NO modifications.

 

Good luck and congrats.....it's cool that a company wants to use your work!


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:12 PM

Have them sign a contract, you can compose one yourself and fax/e-mail it to them and have them agree to your terms by signing it and sending it back to you ( printed form, signed by pen, whole name and signature ).

 

Nice timing Tracy :D



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#4 Richard Law

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:11 PM

Many thanks for the replies, some very good advice there. I've no idea how to word a contract but I'll have a browse of this forum and maybe a Google search or two!!!
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:36 PM

Have the image copyrighted.



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

I use the copyright in the meta data first. second a release for use agreement. I do like the comment about doing the print and that may be expanded where you work with their printer to be sure it is what they want.

First of all they want your work and are willing to pay you for it. That is a great thing and if letting them have one photo and they give you credit for it when they use that will be more valuable to you in the long run, As you can put that on your site and that will help give you credibility.

Its not about holding on to all your photos, its about doing what you like and getting PAID for it.


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 04:39 PM

 I agree Tracy make them sign a contract and not allow them to modify or alter your image.



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Posted 29 November 2014 - 05:57 AM

A small update on this. The company who originally contacted me to purchase my photo didn't reply to my original email until recently. It looks like they are wanting the photo at minimal cost despite them possibly looking to use it for items they wish to sell commercially. For this reason I think I'll step away from the negotiations as I'm not prepared to give my photo away and for them to make financial gain from it.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 11:59 AM

Good for you!




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