How does one go about transfering photographic copyrights?
- July 11, 2006 @ 12:31pmjohnwmoondogs says:How does one go about transfering photographic copyrights from one person to another legally?
- July 12, 2006 @ 8:25amwilliamsonl says:The Copyright Management Center at Indiana State has this to say:
Copyrights may be transferred in part or in whole. If you want to retain most of your rights, but transfer the right to reproduce, for example, this may be done by any method you prefer, including the use of licensing. Remember, all transfers ust be in writing and signed by the transferor. In addition to the right to reproduce, you may also transfer the right to prepare derivatives of your work, the right to distribute copies, or the right to perform or display the work publicly. Of course, you may also transfer all of these rights if you choose. Copyrights may also be bequeathed by will or transferred as personal property by intestate succession.
You can either draw up the agreement yourself or, to be absolutely sure, hire an attorney. There are examples of standard agreements on most publishers webpages. But basically, you just have to write it down and sign it and it is legal and binding. Notarization would be a good idea. Here is an example of one, but there are many that can be modified to transfer all or just some of the rights to another person. Also consider length of the transfer and the fact that the grantee can sell or transfer the rights to someone else unless otherwise state. http://www.eeri.org/cds_publications/spectra/transfer_of_copyright.pdf
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