I’ve built up a large collection of photographic images over the years, and have just agreed to let another business use some of them on its website and in its marketing materials. How should I go about this? (The other business will be paying me a per-image fee.)
Alasdair Taylor's Answer
Assuming you want to retain copyright in the images, you should enter into a licence agreement with the other business.
This can be a fairly straightforward documents, setting out (amongst other things):
- the images that are covered by the licence;
- the rights of the licensee to use the images;
- your rights to remuneration;
- the circumstances in which the licence may be terminated; and
- the consequences of termination.
Licences can be sole, exclusive or non-exclusive.
You should check out my recent post on the treatment of copyright licences under the CDPA.
You should also think about moral rights potential privacy/data protection issues.
NB we supply have a template copyright licence agreement.