We’re getting used to seeing companies, government agencies, and even museums ask for unnecessarily broad copyright terms in their photo contests. Some go as far as having photographers surrender all copyright to the images they enter. Others want unrestricted rights to use photos in any way they see fit, including sublicensing to third parties. And, thankfully, some respect the rights of photographers and other creative artists. The latest example was brought to our attention by NANPA member Mark Larson and, while better than some, still has a few areas of concern.
Previously, court decisions in copyright cases involving Instagram posts were inconsistent, and the only way a photographer could expressly choose to prevent embeds was to make an account private, which defeats the whole purpose of a professional photographer’s Instagram account. Under continuing pressure from creatives, NANPA, and others, Instagram has given photographers new control over their accounts. This is big!
Since this article comes out on Labor Day, it’s probably fitting that it addresses copyright issues. How cases like these are resolved determines, at least to some extent, how much of the fruit of your labors you can retain. Here are three copyright examples to keep your eye on.