Who owns photos, videos and audio of a musical performance?
February 7, 2012 2:44 PM Subscribe
I pay the band to play, I shoot the video and photos and record the audio. But who actually owns the media?
posted by thrasher to work & money (7 answers total)
I pay bands to play private events in my house. I am skilled as a photographer, videographer, sound engineer, etc and the bands know it (I've worked in radio, television, photography and music for a number of years). They know I record audio/video/photos of these events and some have specifically asked me to do so.
But this is where I get weird and why I've never made any serious money freelancing in any of these fields. Who owns all that stuff, really? I made the photos, the audio and the video, so I own it. But it's photos, video and audio OF THEM, so they own it. But I'm certainly not going to just hand it over to them for nothing, and it seems to me like it'd be wrong for either of us to sell any of it...
I hate negotiating this kind of stuff. Any suggestions, advice, insight?