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    These are questions really for those in the know and are willing to share. If you do commercial photography,

    Do you normally draw a contract for your service?
    Do you surrender all rights of your creation to your clients?
    Do clients, in their ignorance, expect full rights to the photographs?
    Is giving full rights to the clients a general practice in asia, or at least in the Singapore context?
    Do you charge differently for the same images, according to their use (magazines, billboards, reportage, advertising, etc.)?
    Is there a sample contract (preferably in our local context) available in the public domain that can be found in the internet?

    Many Thanks for making time to read this post.

    JS

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    Here is my short answer.

    These are questions really for those in the know and are willing to share. If you do commercial photography,

    Do you normally draw a contract for your service? Yes
    Do you surrender all rights of your creation to your clients? no, but clients can buy right of use
    Do clients, in their ignorance, expect full rights to the photographs? it is photographer's responsibility to ensure to communicate to the clients properly.
    Is giving full rights to the clients a general practice in asia, or at least in the Singapore context? I hope not...
    Do you charge differently for the same images, according to their use (magazines, billboards, reportage, advertising, etc.)? Yes, of course
    Is there a sample contract (preferably in our local context) available in the public domain that can be found in the internet? consult your lawyer. Everyone has different circumstances. so you can't use someone else.


    Regards,

    hart

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    Quote Originally Posted by lay9eggs View Post
    These are questions really for those in the know and are willing to share. If you do commercial photography,

    Do you normally draw a contract for your service?
    Do you surrender all rights of your creation to your clients?
    Do clients, in their ignorance, expect full rights to the photographs?
    Is giving full rights to the clients a general practice in asia, or at least in the Singapore context?
    Do you charge differently for the same images, according to their use (magazines, billboards, reportage, advertising, etc.)?
    Is there a sample contract (preferably in our local context) available in the public domain that can be found in the internet?

    Many Thanks for making time to read this post.

    JS
    From some recent transactions...

    Do you normally draw a contract for your service? - always
    Do you surrender all rights of your creation to your clients? - never, but if they insist, I charge a LOT.
    Do clients, in their ignorance, expect full rights to the photographs? - Usually yes. That is why you must make sure your contract with them clearly states the deliverables and you must discuss with them and explain it.
    Is giving full rights to the clients a general practice in asia, or at least in the Singapore context? - It's common for all the newbie, just-starting photographers who think $100 or $200 is a big payday. It's especially prevalent in singapore where DSLRs have become a fashion accessory, but everyone still thinks a DSLr automatically means pro-level images.
    Do you charge differently for the same images, according to their use (magazines, billboards, reportage, advertising, etc.)? of course.
    Is there a sample contract (preferably in our local context) available in the public domain that can be found in the internet? - not really no. Best do get a legal cleric or lawyer help you draft the templates.
    Alpha

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    Thanks for your response. Really appreciate it!

    JS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agetan View Post
    Here is my short answer.

    These are questions really for those in the know and are willing to share. If you do commercial photography,

    Do you normally draw a contract for your service? Yes
    Do you surrender all rights of your creation to your clients? no, but clients can buy right of use
    Do clients, in their ignorance, expect full rights to the photographs? it is photographer's responsibility to ensure to communicate to the clients properly.
    Is giving full rights to the clients a general practice in asia, or at least in the Singapore context? I hope not...
    Do you charge differently for the same images, according to their use (magazines, billboards, reportage, advertising, etc.)? Yes, of course
    Is there a sample contract (preferably in our local context) available in the public domain that can be found in the internet? consult your lawyer. Everyone has different circumstances. so you can't use someone else.


    Regards,

    hart
    Hart,
    Just wanna ask, How much will it roughly cost to get a lawyer to draft contracts? Thanks!

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    Depending on their rates really and depending on how complex you want it to be.

    Should be around $1-2k to get a decent one done.

    Could be less if you have contact of lawyers friend...

    Regards,

    Hart

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