COMMERCIAL CONTRACT – TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COMMISSIONING AND REPRODUCTION OF IMAGES FROM RANDELL JOHN PHOTOGRAPHY
1. In the following Agreement these terms apply in legally binding commercial contract.
(a) ‘Picture’ and or ‘Image’, includes a photograph, transparency, negative, digital scan, design, artwork, painting, montage drawing, engraving or any other item which may be offered for the purposes of reproduction.
(b) Reproduction includes any form of publication or copying of the whole or part of any image and whether or not altered by printing, photography, slide projection (whether or not to an audience) xerography, artist’s reference, artist’s illustration, layout or presentation, electronic or mechanical reproduction or storage by any other means
(c) The Client is the person or organisation to whom the invoice is addressed (whether or not the Client is acting for a third-party).
(d) Randell John Photography will be known as ‘The Photographer’ in all subsequent paragraphs within this document.
(a) The entire copyright in the pictures is retained by The Photographer at all times throughout the world.
(b) The Photographer supplies the technical and artistic ability to illustrate an idea photographically, and sells the right to reproduce those pictures in a given context. No property or copyright in any pictures shall pass to the Client whether on its submission or on ‘The Photographers’ grant of reproduction rights in respect thereof.
(c) The Photographer asserts both his moral right to be identified as the author of his work and the right to a credit is asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
(d) Unless otherwise agreed in writing if any picture reproduced by he Client omits the copyright notice or credit line specified by The Photographer, any fee payable by the Client shall be subject to an increase specified by The Photographer, and in any event an increase of not less than 25%
(a) Reproduction rights (if and when granted) are strictly limited to the use and period of time specified on The Photographer’s invoice. An agreement must be reached with The Photographer before the pictures are used for a different purpose or after the licence to use has expired.
(b) Reproduction rights are not issued exclusively to the Client except when specified on the invoice.
(c) Reproduction rights granted are personal to the Client and may not be assigned, nor may any picture submitted to the Client be loaned or transferred to third parties save for the purpose of the exercise by the Client of such reproduction rights.
(d) Any reproduction rights granted are by way of licence and no partial or other assignment of copyright shall be implied.
(e) The Photographer reserves the right to refuse to supply or grant a reproduction licence to a third-party when requested to do so by the Client.
The following terms are used when describing the reproduction rights granted by The Photographer to the Client:
(a) Internal Use only: The right to use the pictures only within a company for non-commercial purposes; publication in a free in-house magazine not normally available to the public; exhibition within the Client’s premises; editorial use in the Client’s intranet site.
(b) PR and Press distribution: The right to use the pictures as described in 4(a); plus a licence for third parties to reproduce such pictures in print or electronic media in an editorial context where no fee has been paid to guarantee publication.
(c) Specified Use Only: The right to use the pictures once only for the purpose as described on the invoice.
(d) Editorial: One reproduction only of pictures supplied within one print edition of the specified title in an editorial context only.
(a) Risk in and responsibility for any original transparencies or prints passes to the Client from the time they are received until their safe return. The Client shall immediately inform the photographer in writing of any loss or misuse of, or damage to the pictures while in the Client’s possession or that of any third-party. If a picture is not returned within four weeks of the date for return then the photographer may in its sole discretion presume it to be lost.
(b) The Client shall be liable to pay compensation to The Photographer in respect of each picture lost or damaged. Payment of compensation does not give rise to any rights in any picture. Compensation levels for the images are available from The Photographer upon request. These levels are a genuine pre-estimate of the loss which would be suffered if such a picture were to be lost or damaged. the Client is urged to request these figures and to take out insurance cover to cover the total value of the images delivered.
(a) Once the Client has made a booking for a specific time and date, The Photographer will not accept any other work from other clients for those times and dates.
(b) As a result, once a booking is made, if it is subsequently cancelled, a cancellation fee will be charged to the Client according to the following schedule. When a client cancels a booking within two weeks of any confirmed date, a fee of 50% of the booked time rate will be charged. When a client cancels photography within one weeks of any confirmed date, a fee of 100% of the booked time rate will be charged. In addition to this cancellation fee, the client will be charged for any expenses already incurred by The Photographer.
(a) Until The Photographer has invoiced the reproduction fee neither party is committed to grant or acquire any reproduction rights in any picture. After a fee has been agreed and an invoice issued there is a firm and binding contract whereby The Photographer is committed to grant reproduction rights and The Client to acquire them. If after such invoicing but before payment The Client requests cancellation of the reproduction rights The Photographer may in its discretion cancel subject to The Client paying a cancellation fee.
(b) The Client’s right to reproduce a picture arises only when The Photographer’s invoice relating to the grant of such right is fully paid (including interest charges levied on late payment of the invoice or invoices). Any reproduction before payment of the invoice constitutes an infringement of rights and a breach of this Agreement entitling the photographer to rescind the Agreement and rendering The Client liable for the payment of damages.
(d) If payment is not made in accordance with (a) above then The Photographer may rescind this Agreement and recover damages, or, at its option, may exercise its statutory right to interest under the Late Payment Of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
(e) If any invoice issued to The Client is not paid by the due date, then all unpaid invoices issued to The Client become due of immediate effect, even if it is less than 30 days from the issue date, and that The Photographer may consider these invoices as overdue when pursuing legal action for the recovery of said debts.
(f) A fee of £17 (excluding VAT) will be made for each account reminder, duplicate invoice, or any other paperwork, correspondence or phone calls involved with the pursuit of a debt. This fee is non-refundable, and represents the additional administrative time spent collecting overdue invoices.
(h) The Photographer reserves the right to suspend ongoing services, such as (but not limited to) the Downloadable Web Page or other distribution of pictures, once any invoice issued to a Client becomes overdue, and also reserves the right to inform the reason of this to third parties to whom this suspension of service effects.
On the Client’s death or bankruptcy or (if the Client is a company) in the event of a Resolution, Petition or Order for winding up being made against it, or if a Receiver is appointed, The Photographer may at any time thereafter inspect any records, accounts and books relating to the reproduction of its pictures to ensure that the pictures are being used only in accordance with the reproduction rights granted to The Client.
(a) The Photographer will edit every take and deliver what it considers to be the best of every situation covered. As a result, contact sheets (or their digital equivalent) will only be supplied to the Client in exceptional circumstances.
(b) No addition to, deletion from or alteration to or adaptation of an image may be made without the written permission of The Photographer.
(c) Unless a rejection fee has been agreed in advance, there is no right to reject on the basis of style, composition or editing.
In the case of printed publications, three copies of the relevant pages containing any picture supplied are to be furnished to The Photographer free of charge within two weeks. In other media, evidence of use must be made available if requested.
(a) While The Photographer takes all reasonable care in the performance of this agreement generally, it shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by the Client of by any third-party arising from use or reproduction of any picture or its caption.
(b) The Client agrees to indemnify The Photographer in respect of any claims or damages or any costs arising in any manner from the reproduction without proper reproduction rights of any picture supplied to the Client by The Photographer.
(c) It is the Client who must satisfy himself that all necessary rights, model releases or consents which may be required for reproduction, are obtained and it is acknowledged that The Photographer gives no warranty or undertaking that any such rights, model releases or consents have or will be obtained whether in relation to the use of names, people, trade marks, registered or copyright designs or works of art depicted in any picture. In the event that the picture issued or reproduced by or with the authority of the Client then the Client shall indemnify The Photographer against any loss or damage, proceedings or costs where such rights, releases or consents have not been obtained.
(a) This Agreement shall be subject to and constructed according to English Law and the parties agree to accept the exclusive direction of the Courts of England.
(b) No variation of terms and conditions set out herein shall be effective unless agreed in writing by both parties.
Payment should normally be made by crossed cheque made payable to “Randell John Photography”. BACS details will be supplied with our invoice. Proof of postage of remittances is not considered proof of receipt, and clients are advised to send payment by any method affording proof of delivery.
Our terms are strictly net 28 days (four weeks) unless agreed in advance, or as otherwise agreed in advance between The Photographer and Client and in writing.