Please note that anyone submitting an image to
be used in digital matting or any other use here
a) own the copyright to the image(s)
b) have explicit written consent for use by the
Either way, written confirmation of copyright
ownership or explicit permission to use is
required before any creative work begins.
It's been my experience as a photographer that
people, in general, know nothing or very little
about copyright laws. Many people assume that
when they purchase an 8x10 they think they have
the right to scan the print and reproduce the
image in some form.
"Well, I bought it, it's mine!"
Yes, the printed photograph is yours, but that
doesn't give you the right to reproduce it no
more than purchasing a CD from a music artist
and think you have the right to reproduce their
Unless, of course, you have an agreement with
the photographer to use as you wish. In that
case digital copies are usually provided up
front and scanning isn't required.
(I shot (photographed) a series of tennis
tournaments (tennis folk are the best) annually
for a few years and heard enough stories about
what people did with the photos they purchased I
was led to make everyone sign and date an
acknowledgment of copyright law regarding the
use of purchased prints with their print order.
The thing is they didn't mean to do any harm or
break any laws, they simply didn't know, and the
stories I heard were direct from parents who
loved the photos so much they did something else
with them. One mom turned an 8x10 into one of
those giant wall clingy things. I was flattered
by the stories and simply replied "the next time
you need use of the images, just shoot me an