Do I have the right to enforce my copyright on product photos taken whilst employed by the manufacturer?
July 5, 2011 7:13 AM Subscribe
What are my rights regarding photos taken of a company's products while I was employed there?
posted by tmt to work & money (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I worked for a local company until recently and had been shooting product photos to fill out my time. I got canned unceremoniously and in the meantime the photos I've taken have appeared on the NY Times food blog and in the printed edition of Men's Journal.
I'm trying to see past the usual "fuck those guys" mentality and see if there isn't a way to enforce my copyright on the photos so I can get paid. I retained the RAW images and the originals had my name in the EXIF data.
I'm assuming that if I do this properly I'll need to submit copies of the images to the US Copyright Office, but after that?
I'm not sure I have any recourse considering that the images contain copyrighted product imagery.
Should I pursue this or should I just take a live-and-learn approach and forget about it?