Golly. That's changed from my understanding of copyright law (though it's been a long time ago since I actually read anything on it). I thought you always had to claim your copyright with a copyright notice on any publication of a work. Live and learn.
I knew registering is only required when and if you ever take a case to court. I just thought that publishing without claiming your copyrights meant you were surrendering rights to the public domain. Things are all screwy now due to softare and e-books and all. Who can keep up?
caganaudie wrote:...you have not rights to the final product. It is mine to do what ever I please and you have no rights.
Dangerous thinking. People have thought the same about music because the information was so hard to dig out or because they didn't know to look for it, and they've been burned.
But anyway, the pictures in this instance may not belong to the person building the show, but don't forget that everything other than those pictures along with the way all of it is designed and handled belongs to the builder of that show, not the purchaser unless otherwise contracted. Think of it this way: What if you use someone else's photos in a magazine article that you write? Who owns it? the photographer? The magazine? You?
caganaudie wrote:But, if I contract you to write an article for me and you do not state otherwise - it is mine ...not yours. You are providing your creative services. It is a service. Same with slide shows. Parts of show may already be copyrighted not the show itself.
The flaw in what you're saying is in your use of the word "contract." The assumption is always in the positive, not the negative. Assume there's a copyright unless otherwise stated. I wrote professionally for many years, and believe me, I and every other writer would never have written a single word if your take on how things are were the real one.
I don't know if it's called the same thing in your instance, but in writing, it's called "work for hire." This is something to be avoided in creative writing.
Does anyone selling slide shows use a contract (agreement)? If so, what does it state in regards to copy rights or distribution or duplication?
caganaudie wrote:Curiosity has gotten the best of me, so I have to ask: How much do you charge for your shows?
I do not know what the OP charges but a friend who is considering this market recently told me that the competion he will face are charging $10 per image with a total cost to client usually running about $500. This charge is for a plain show with no real creativity involved - basically a random play of the family submitted images.
anitaemile wrote: Why not just sell one DVD for a price you can live with and have these people copy as many as they like? You can also offer them copies for say, a few $$, if you want to make additional money, but just leave the actual project , original DVD be the money maker?
This is exactly what "I" do.
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