Originally Posted by That_Look_Photo
Last time I checked..When a model is paying you to shoot them they should own the rights to the images.
When was the last time you checked, and where did you check? Mars? (Or maybe Canada? Same thing.)
In the US, the photographer owns the copyright to the image including all usage rights, unless and until they assign some or all of those rights to somebody else. The fact that they are being paid has nothing to do with it. Being paid is necessary, but not sufficient
, to form a "work for hire" agreement, which is the only time, in the US, that the first sentence of this paragraph is not true. (Here's a good indicator: if you don't have a written agreement which says, "This is a work for hire," it's almost certainly not a work for hire.) This is *not* true in many other places, I hasten to add, including our loveable neighbor to the North.
It does seem reasonable, that being said, that a model who's paying should have reasonable use rights included in the deal. No problem there. But ownership of the copyrights? Oh Hell no. You want copyrights, take my day rate and multiply it times ten just to get my attention.