A photo copyright release grants permission to a third party to reproduce (reprint) photos taken by the photographer who owns the copyright.
This release of liability may typically be required by a photo store or lab before they will make copies of wedding photographs, event photos etc.
Note: Strictly speaking, the photographer does not release copyright in the photos. The photographer retains ownership of the copyright, but license or authorize the client - and thereby the photo lab - the right to copy the photographs.
Photographer's Name: ________________________________
Telephone and Email: ________________________________
The above named Photographer hereby warrants being the legal copyright owner in the Work described below:
The Photographer hereby grants permission to _________________________ and his/her/their Photo Laboratory of choice to make reproductions of the Work in any size or quantity for the following use:
Signed at _______________ on this___day of ______________20__
Photographer's Signature: _______________________________
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The form above may be suitable for reproductions done for personal use but for commercial use such as brochures, calendars, websites, newsletters etc, you may want to use a more detailed license agreement that will stipulate usage and payment terms. Consult with a copyright attorney for advice.
Print your photo copyright release on your business letterhead for a professional look and credibility.
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