Escort Photos - Who owns them?

Escort Photos – Who owns them?

The answer in a nutshell

The photographer owns your escort photos

It’s generally assumed that when you pay for Escort photos that you own the photos; legally that it is not the case

The copyright to photos remains with the photographer. This means your Escort photos are owned by the photographer

This means that you cannot reproduce the photograph in any means or medium, without the photographer’s consent

The extent to which you can use your photographs is limited by what has been agreed upon between the Model/Agency and the Photographer.

The photographer, as copyright owner of their photographs, can dictate terms for reproducing their work including where it may appear and for how long. Using photos beyond the purposes originally agreed is a breach of the photographer’s copyright

You can only use the photos in places and on mediums as agreed with the photographer.  Escort photographers know you will be using them for escort sites however you cannot use them for say a magazine submission or use them in your own lingerie store.  Without the photographer agreeing to the photos to be used in a commercial endeavour outside of their original intended purpose, you are in breach of both copyright and contract law.

If you wish to own your photos then you need to discuss with a photographer and have a written contract in place.

You need to consult a lawyer for such a contract and in most cases the cost of the photos will increase significantly (Many photographers have boilerplate contracts for the transfer of rights)

If you work with an agency or a brothel and they arranged your photoshoot then the agency remains in possession of the rights to the photos

The agreement is in place between the establishment and the photographer.

You cannot take the photos and use them yourself without breaking copyright and contract law.

This is a very grey area. Just as with clearing up copyright ownership from the outset, the best way to deal with this problem is by covering yourself in writing

You can read more about photographs and copyright laws of photographs in Australia on www.copyright.org.au

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