As usual, I haven't really been doing any writing. But I felt that I should let you know about this, I am currently being asked by a publication to take down all the photos that I took for them from my websites claiming that they own the copyright to the images.
I disagree. why?
I have not signed any contract surrendering the ownership of the said images.But they paid you to do the job
They only commissioned me to do the work. The copyright is still mine. But aren't you a staff photographer for the publication?
Yes. But only on March 2008. Therefore, all the photos I took before I was included in the payroll are still mine. Nobody has paid me for the copyright or exclusive ownership of the images. In fact, I am not even a full-time employee but a contractual employee that has not signed any contract.
I am still confused when I was actually put in the payroll.So what happens now?
Well, if they do insist on taking it down, then I'll have to ask them to write a formal request or a demand letter stating their claim and I will answer them appropriately.
Truthfully, I might not be able to shoot for them anymore because of this but I have to protect my rights as a photographer. Hopefully, my clients will still be there.
By the way, here's a link to the Philippine Copyright Law:http://www.chanrobles.com/legal7copyright.htm