Carrying on from this thread: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/photo...graphy-sg.html
Re: under the IP law of SG, when photographers are paid to shoot, is consider "work for hired", the clients/customers own the rights to the photos, even it is paid for $1.00. Unless they enter a new agreement to supersede this.
Can you post a source for this?
Neither here Professional Photographers Association (Singapore) - Copyright Issues nor here Singapore Intellectual Property Law can I see where it says that copyright automatically passes to the one who commissions the photography.
If you're a freelance photographer, as the creator, you own the copyright, not the client who commissioned you. That's why you discuss usage rights with the client. They don't automatically own the copyright.
If you sign a "work for hire" contract, then yes the copyright passes to the client. If you sign an employment contract and take photographs while working as an employee, then yes the employer owns the copyright, unless you sign an agreement to say otherwise.
But please don't tell me that as a freelance photographer, my copyright automatically passes to the client if I'm commissioned to photograph a building.
In any case, in my email quote, I always point out that "The entire copyright in the photographs is retained by [my name], the photographer, at all times throughout the world."