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Old 09-14-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
Joe the Photog
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You'll get a lot of opinions about allowing someone free use of your photography. I judge it for myself on a case by case. But still get it in writing whether it's an e-mail or what hav you. I forget if you were on the forums when I went through my copyright infringement case a year or so ago. But a small weekly wanted to use my photo for a beer ad. They said they didn't have a big budget and would credit me on the actual ad as photographer. So I said OK, but it was a one time use and if they wanted it again, we could negotiate a price at that time. E-mail was sent and returned with the other party agreeing to that.

Me keeping that e-mail cost them a lot of money a few months later when they again used my picture in an ad for a beer company without contacting me. Frankly, I should have framed that ad.
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