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qwertyboy Avatar
qwertyboy 3 1
29 Jul 2020 7:56PM
HI There,

I wondered if anyone had any experience and could help on the following.

A company approached me for a photo I had on on my website. The company want a photograph that another company commissioned me to take a few months ago. I said I'd be in touch shortly.

I checked Gettys image calculator and for want they want to use it for (digital media, commercial blog/case study in the UK) the price comes in at £335 for a single image. This seems extremely high to me as the half day rate was £450 for the commissioned work.

I initially thought of sending them a contact sheet and would charge £25 per image.... The commissioning company are happy for me to share the images.

If anyone has any experience with this it would be great to hear your input.

saxon_image Avatar
30 Jul 2020 8:22AM
You say that the image was part of a commission for another company. I would strongly recommend that you look carefully at the contract for that commission BEFORE selling the image to another organisation. The key question is who owns the copyright to the image - you as the photographer or the company that commissioned it. Your contract should be clear on that point. Secondly, how does the contract restrict use of the image(s) shot under that commission - even if you are the copyright holder you may not have the right to sell them further. Thirdly, there is an ethical issue here regarding the sale of commissioned work to another, possibly competitor company to that of the commissioning company.

This is not legal advice and I am not a lawyer but I do think you need to be very careful here.
Philh04 Avatar
Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
30 Jul 2020 9:55AM
Welcome Max,
I see that you have sought the permission of the original commissioning company and they have agreed to the further use of the image. Personally, given that the cost will be roughly the same, I would suggest a separate contract and shoot to avoid any pitfalls (If that is possible of course).
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qwertyboy 3 1
30 Jul 2020 10:04AM
Thank you both for your comments.


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