Just like music, paintings, architectural plans - or any other form of creative work/intellectual property - the ownership (copyright) remains with the creator. The works produced are essentially a product which gives value and benefit in many ways.
Copyright is held by Amanda Aitken Photography, and the work created is licensed to the client. All costs are based on a single licence (unless other terms have been discussed), and are outlined below. It's not common, but if a client would like further rights to the images (eg. exclusivity, ownership) relevant fees would apply.
Single Licence Terms
Work created by Amanda Aitken Photography may be used in any way for an unlimited time, provided the use is for the primary benefit of the licence holder.
Works must not be passed on to other parties (business or individuals) for use relating to that party's own commercial and/or financial gain. A separate licence must be obtained. This includes magazine editorials and real estate listings. All requests must be sent to email@example.com.
Amanda Aitken offers exclusivity if needed for a reasonable time frame of around 3 months, meaning we will not licence the images to other parties during that time unless the client has given permission. After 3 months, as a courtesy, Amanda Aitken Photography will always inform the client of any further licensing enquiries. If the client wishes to prevent or control licensing the works to other parties, a fee for exclusive rights may apply. Exceptions will be given if there is a clear conflict of interest with the third party and the client.
We understand usage can get complicated, particularly when there are multiple businesses wishing to use the images. I aim to be fair and transparent in all my practices, as licensing is a key part of my business. If there is any uncertainty, please contact us and we will guide you through the process.
If work can be credited, please use "photography by Amanda Aitken Photography".
Thank you in advance.