September 26th, 2016
Recently, I was shooting a property that was being relisted. The homeowner had lots of images of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley on the walls of a 2nd-floor loft/pool table area. And this dawned on me; What are the rules of selling a license to images with posters or art on the walls in these homes? I’m not showcasing the art on the walls, but a life-size Marilyn poster, or in another case, fathead poster of Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry seems suspect for copyright issues further down the road?
My partner, who is an immigrant with a fortune in equipment, doesn’t understand American copyright laws and is the shoot and forget mindset, which I feel is totally irresponsible; and I’m looking for verifiable info about why one can’t sell a license to images of copyrighted material, such as posters. Since he doesn’t speak English at the level that I do, he believes that asking the homeowner to remove posters and asking for the listing agent to agree/sign a license agreement is too complicated and will prevent people from using our services.
Do you have an article on your site that has an example of this type of copyright question?
I don’t think I’ve ever done a post on this particular subject. But from the research I’ve done, I think it would be best to leave out easily recognizable copyrighted images of celebrities from your real estate marketing photos. Here is an article I found that has a good summary of how to handle these issues.