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Photo selling guide

We’ve assembled explanations that can help you start selling your photo. Before selling, please read this carefully and understand it fully.

1.Overview

Regardless you are professional photographer or not, you can sell your photos to people worldwide.

Reach out to people worldwide

weawow is available in major 9 languages. Reach out to people worldwide with a focus on weather.

Royalty rate is 75%

Royalty rate is 75% which is the photo stock industry's top-class.

Request transfer with PayPal

Payment for your work will be transferred to your PayPal account.

Photo selling process

Register information as a photographer and apply for marketing approval for each photo. Once the application is accepted, you can start selling photos.

1.

Post photo

Create free weawow account and log in. Post photo.

2.

Sales setting

Set up for photo selling and apply for.

3.

Start selling

Photo selling will be approved if it meets the criteria, photo will be selling to all over the world.

2.Sales terms of photo

On photo selling, you need to follow below sales terms.
In case you sell your photo violating this term, you may be punished by an infringement of copyrights or personality rights.

  • Photos are taken by you and copyrights belongs to you. ( Photos are taken by others are not allowed.)
    If you post or sell photos taken by others as your own work, you will be punished by an infringement of copyrights.
  • Regarding any photo depicting an identifiable person, you must get an agreement for commercial use and be able to submit an agreement with his/her handwritten signature in file format. (Submit model release)
    If the photographer use the photos promotionally or sell the photos commercially without model's agreement, you may be punished by a violation of personality rights.
  • Other than people, in case your photo uses specific properties such as buildings, stores, statue, art objects, company name, logo, trademark, furniture or pet, you must get an agreement for commercial use from property owner or manager and be able to submit an agreement in data format such as PDF. (Submit property release)
    When you post or sell photos without property owner's permission, you may violate copyrights or personality rights.
  • You are over 18 years old. (You can not register if you are under 18 years old.)

Please note that pictures that are out of focus, foggy, or poor-quality may not be sold.

Important notice

Selling photos allow various companies and people to use the photo in advertisement, media and product.
In case your photos violating copyrights or personality rights, companies and people who use this photo will file a suit for damages against us. The cost of damages for infringement could be enormous.
Now that anyone can easily access to image data, however you can not sell photo retrieved from search engine or other people's blog post since website's owner has the copyrights not you.
Please sell photos you took by yourself and own copyright.
On photo selling, model release and property release form are required. For more detail, please read next section.

3.About a model release

Any photo depicting an identifiable person must have an agreement for commercial use from that person. Photographer must submit signed model release.
In case photo depicting more than one identifiable person, model release for each individual is required.
If the photographer use the photos promotionally or sell the photos commercially without model release, you may be punished by a violation of personality rights.
Also, even if the photographer is the model in a picture, a model release must be submitted to allow the buyer to use the picture.

Here are common definition for personally identifiable photo. Model release is required.

  1. Photo with person's face
    Photo with person's face
  2. Only person's back but it can be recognized an individual
    Only person's back but it can be recognized an individual
  3. Baby's photo
    Baby's photo
  4. No person's face but unique outfit to be recognized an individual
    No person's face but unique outfit to be recognized an individual

Other example is tattoo which can be unique to the specific individual.
If someone see that picture and identify the specific individual, it means the photo is personally identifiable.
In this case, model release is required.

Also, here are common definition for photo which does not enable the identification of the specific individual.

  1. Only legs and hands
    Only legs and hands
  2. Only body silhouette
    Only body silhouette
  3. Only person's back and it can not be recognized an individual
    Only person's back and it can not be recognized an individual
  4. Not clear
    Not clear

In this case, model release is not required.
If you are not sure whether model release is required such as side profile or part of face, we recommend to obtain model release form just in case.

How to submit model release

  1. Print out model release template

    Download model release form and fill in your information as photographer's section. Prior to shooting print out the form and bring it on the set.

    Model release form (PDF 35KB)

    Consideration
    • In model release form, either handwritten photographer's sign or putting his/her seal is required.
    • Please get sign from all models for every shooting on that day.
  2. Model's handwritten signature

    Please ask all models to fill in model release form on the set.

    Consideration
    • Please explain carefully to the models that photos will be used as stock for advertisement, product and articles all over the world and get agreement from them.
    • Model release form requires model's handwritten signature. If the model is a baby, a guardian will need to sign the release.
    • In case there are more than one model, each model will need to sign the release respectively.
    • If the model is underage, all guardians will need to sign the release.
    • Please hand in model release' copy to the model for the record.
  3. Submit on applying marketing approval of a photo

    After converting model case form into jpeg or pdf format, please upload the model release on photo sales application.

    Consideration
    • For photographers, please keep the original version of model release.
    • We can accept model release form submit to entity other than weawow. In this case, model release must have same conditions and terms of use with weawow have.

Important notice

Again, model release is required to prove that models are agreed with personality rights' use. Not to secure a morel release may cause trouble for company or people who use these photo as an advertisement, media or product.
For example, one model complain about one photo. We need to withdraw all posters or products which use this model's photo with a lot of cost and effort. In such case, photographer may be liable for damages.
For photos which you didn't get model release, please do not use them for commercial use to prevent any issues and sell only photos you can be confident about.

4.About a property release

Other than people, when your photo uses specific properties such as buildings, stores, statue, art objects, company name, logo, trademark, furniture or pet, you need to submit property release signed by the owner of property granting permission to use or publish the photo. When you post or sell photo without property release, you may violate copyrights, personality rights or design rights.
In other words, if owners may claim their ownership against buildings, objects, material and animals as subject in the photo, you need to obtain a permission for the sale from them.

Here are common example for photo which belong to other owner and require property release.

  • Buildings

    Photos are taken in distinctive property such as architecture, building or landmarks and if the property is main subject, property release for permission of sales of photo from the owner is required.
    On the other hand, building is not main subject, for instance, panoramatic townscape can be sold without permission.
    Since there is no clear definition on what the main subject is, we recommend you either obtain permission for the sale or not use for commercial use.

  • Shooting on private property

    In order to take photos in private property such as theme park, zoo, restaurant, museum or friends' house and sell these photos, you need to obtain a permission for the sale.

  • Logo, Trademark

    In case there is logo or trademark owned by others in the photo, you need to obtain a permission for the sale from these brands' owners. For example, shop sign, company logo in the train or trademark of fashion makers are this case.
    The world is full of logo and trademark. In case it's difficult to obtain permission for the sale, blurring process of logo or trademark is required.

  • Pet

    You also need to obtain a permission for the sale from pet's owner. In case you are the owner, please submit a property release form with your signature.

How to submit the property release

Same as model release, download property release form and fill in your information. Please upload property release when you apply marketing approval of a photo.

Property release form (PDF 36KB)

Consideration
  • In property release form, either handwritten photographer's sign or putting his/her seal is required.
  • Please explain carefully to the owner that photos will be used as stock for advertisement, product and articles all over the world and get agreement from them.
  • Property release form requires owner's handwritten signature.
  • In case there are more than one property, each owner will need to sign the release respectively.
  • Please hand in property release' copy to the owner for the record.
  • For photographers, please keep the original version of property release.
  • We can accept property release form submit to entity other than weawow. In this case, property release must have same conditions and terms of use with weawow have.

Important notice

Other than above, there are various objects owned by others. Property release is an agreement to use a property in the photo from its owner. Not to secure a property release may cause trouble for company or people who use these photo as an advertisement, media or product.
On the other hand there is no clear definition on what the main subject is especially for the building.
weawow can not advise if the particular photo requires property release or not. Photographer will need to take full responsibility. If you are not certain, we recommend you either obtain permission for the sale or not use for commercial use.

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