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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Unprofessional and unethical email exchange with a magazine executive producer

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I have been contacted yesterday by this email:

Magazine executive producer:
there is an image of a girl texting. Your photo credit is on it and we will be printing this image. If you would like for us to purchase the copyright we are prepared to do so, however we would remove your name from it…If you want us to print this image we need your permission and your photo credit will remain intact…please contact us either way…thank you

My reply:

Dear [withheld]

“there is an image of a girl texting.”
Can you identify the photographic work a bit more precisely? Its file name or URL location where you found it.

“Your photo credit is on it and we will be printing this image.”
Before you do please read on. You are stating this as a matter of fact, where in reality you have not yet been granted a permit to do so.

“If you would like for us to purchase the copyright we are prepared to do so, however we would remove your name from it…”
You cannot purchase a copyright to my photograph. It is not for sale. You may possibly purchase a licence to use my photograph. You are certainly not entitled to alter my works or remove copyright notices”

“If you want us to print this image we need your permission and your photo credit will remain intact…please contact us either way…thank you”
Now we are talking. I need to know exactly:
a) Who are you representing?
b) which photograph you are interested in
c) nature of the article it will be published it (please attach copy of the text)
d) volume of print
e) size of the photograph on a page
f) will the article be reprinted on the Internet, and if so, on which website

Once I know these details I will consider if I want my photograph published by you, and secondly work out an appropriate licence fee, terms and conditions.

Regards,

Ted Szukalski

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