This is where I answer some of the common concerns about copyright, and explain how it works to your benefit. Before we start, it’s important to say that it’s extremely rare for issues about copyright to come up. But when they do, it’s up to me to sort them out – which means you don’t have to spend valuable time wrapped up in legal wrangling.
If, after reading this section, you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. And please bear in mind that I reach individual agreements with every client, so treat the section below only as a general guide.
Who retains copyright?
The short answer is: I do. But I know your business will probably need to use the pictures for a wide range of purposes, so that’s reflected in my fee. That means I won’t contact you – and you don’t have to contact me – every time you place a photo on your website, in promotional material, on internal communications, in brochures or anywhere else. As long as you’re only using the images to promote your business, it’s all included in the original fee.
Please don’t share!
While I’m happy for you to use the images I’ve taken however you like for your own business purposes, I do ask that you don’t share them with other organisations for their communications or PR without checking with me first. If you and another business or organisation are sharing the photos for joint publicity, let me know. We’ll work something out to cover that.
I understand that when you’re sending out a press release, you want the target publications to be able to publish the images for free. That’s fine – my copyright means the publications may only use that image in conjunction with that press release. It also means that if they don’t comply, you don’t have to sort it out.
Using my pictures
All pictures are issued under a general PR license unless otherwise stated. That means you can use them for general press promotions, leaflets, posters, point of sale materials, web and direct mail, among other things. Above-the-line promotion (eg paid for advertising) is not included. I reserve the right to use any pictures produced by me for promotional purposes.
Why do I retain copyright?
It’s as much for your benefit as mine. It means the responsibility for policing the images and making sure they’re not misused by anyone else is on me. So you know exactly how you can and can’t use the images, and you don’t have to worry about protecting them – that’s still my job.
The legal stuff
All photographs are copyright protected and cannot be used or reproduced in any way without permission. Most digital images on this website are available for commercial licensing direct from Iain McLean. If you are interested in buying a picture license you can submit a purchase enquiry via the contact page. Your enquiry will be processed as soon as possible.
If you cannot find a photograph that is suitable for your needs on the website, get in touch. I have a large number of images held in private archive.
The Licence to Use comes into effect from the date of payment of the relevant invoice(s). No use may be made of the photographs before payment in full of the relevant invoice(s) without the photographer's express permission.