License agreement annotation/overlay (photographers)
A problem that many photographers face, is clients sharing pictures to third parties. Those third parties often don't have a user license and think they can use pictures freely. Even if you put copyright/license info on all your quotes and invoices. This also counts for other content creators.
It ends up in copyright breach a lot of times...
So it's time to create awereness!
To avoid the kind of issues described above, it would be perfect for photographers if there can be an overlay annotation above the download button.
The overlay could say something like: "Hi! The files in this download are created for Client X. Client X is granted a user license for these files. Third parties are not included in this agreement. Third parties that wish to use the files can obtain a user license with <company name> directly. Thank you."
A user has to check 'I agree' first, after which the overlay closes and the download button becomes available.
The text should be customizable and the tool should be optional.
This is a message from a photographer.
There is something that I, and many many others photographers face a lot of times: The pictures that we created for client X, are being freely transferred to a third party that does not have a user license for the images. In other words, we 're talking about a copyright breach.
I show my user agreement/license information on every single quote and invoice I send. The problem is that someone else from the clients company that never saw the quote or invoice, thinks they can freely redistribute the pictures to other companies.
There is simply very little awareness of what a company can and cannot do with pictures created for them.
Now here's my suggestion!
To avoid the kind of issues described above, it would be perfect for us photographers if there can be some kind of overlay above the download button. You have to click away/close this overlay/little screen first.
The overlay/popup/screen would say something like: "Hi! The pictures in this download are created for Client X. Client X is granted a user license for the pictures. Third parties are not included in this agreement. Third parties that wish to use the images can obtain a user license with the photographer directly. Thank you."
The text in this overlay can of course be personalized by every DigitalPigeon user.
It should also be optional, as you don't always need it. When for example the photographer and client agreed on a full copyright buyout, the client can actually share pictures freely to third parties.
I had the idea to create a website/service like this myself, specifically aimed at photographers...
But of course I don't want to be your competitor, as you would clearly loose a giant amount of users. ;-) ;-)
I know there are features like password protection etc., but I'm looking for a bit more friendly solution!
I also saw the option that you can uncheck the 'forward files' permission, but it's still possible for someone to forward the email they got with 'access files' button, to another person...
This will be a great extra feature that creates awareness of how photographers work with licenses. And I also think it's fairly easy to implement with your service.
Thanks and sorry for the long read!
Chiel (Michael) de Nooyer
Dave Cooley commented
Yes this is great, with audio I have the same issue, where clients should press "I agree to the company's standard TOS before reviewing these files" or something along those lines. Even if it's not binding it is a nice reminder.