Aerial Photos Copyright policy
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All images are © www.webbaviation.co.uk and may not be copied,saved, hotlinked or reproduced without Payment
Webb Aviation is not a charity or source of free images. The images on this website have cost me £251,692.90 and I earn my living by selling usage rights to my images. To reproduce my images you must first purchase the digital file and licence. This is for both commercial use and non commercial use. Unauthorized users of my photographs will be charged, at least £720.00 per photo.
Specially Commissioned aerial photos;
Customers specially commissioning aerial work will receive a non transferable, non exclusive, royalty free licence as part of the job and usage rights are transferred to the client once the images have been paid for in full. This allows the commissioning customer to reproduce the images in any quantity they wish unlimited by time or geography. With commissioned work only, a credit to webbaviation is not mandatory although it is welcomed where given on a voluntary basis. It should be noted that these image usage rights for commissioned work are non exclusive and does not preclude us from further use and resale of the same or similar images. (It is normal for us to make interesting images available for resale in our gallery) If you need confidentiality I am very happy to handle confidential work, just tell me what you need at the time of ordering. The licence is non transferable so you cannot transfer reproduction rights to a third party without my written consent. Double licenses are usually provided at no extra cost, where I am working for an agent such as a marketing firm or architect who is working for a specific end client, thus giving both the end client and the agent full independent usage rights. Occasionally there may be a special condition / variations to my standard terms (eg a mandatory requirement to be credited as author which is our typical practice for book and magazine commissions) These variations will in all cases be discussed with the client before the assignment is agreed.
Licensed stock aerial photos ;
Customers Licensing stock images also receive a non transferable royalty free licence and usage rights are transferred to the client once the images have been paid for in full. This allows the licensed customer to reproduce the images in any quantity they wish unlimited by time or geography. My stock photograph usage rights are always non exclusive and I will continue to offer the same image to other customers. For stock images the reproduced aerial photo must have a credit adjacent or within the image containing the word "©webbaviation.co.uk" eg "copyright webbaviation.co.uk" or " ©www.webbaviation.co.uk. If the credit is omitted the price is double the standard price. This is a non transferable licence so you can't give permission for a third party to use the image. If you require an image to be licence in more than one name then please email me.
Online aerial photos in our aerial photo gallery;
All aerial photos on the webbaviation website
are copyright of Webb Aviation and are protected by
copyright law and are not to be saved or copied in any
way. All other online work including all code, web
pages, forms, menus, buttons, gifs are copyright
protected and may not be copied or reproduced without
written permission. If you would like to reproduce a
stock image you can buy a licence for reproduction,
click here for more information on prices
This is a business and selling
licences to use my images are how I earn my living and
feed my family. Over the last 10 years the images in
my gallery have cost me £251,692.90 , mainly the
cost of chartering aircraft but also the costs of Cameras
webhosting computers etc. These costs must be paid for
by selling licences to use the images.
Many people are unsure what this copyright notice means so to clarify you are not allowed to do anything with my web images other than view the images within a browser. Anything else is a violation of copyright and is illegal in both national and international law. You cannot save the images (yes I know its easy to do but its illegal and theft just the same as bashing me on the head and running off with my wallet ! ) You cannot print the images . You cannot link the images so they appear on another page (called hot linking- see below ) Some people have said they thought it was Ok because they were only saving it for private use. This is not true either legally or morally (would you be happy if someone stole your car but it was "only for private use")
Stock image prints;
All stock image prints are protected under copyright law and are not to be copied or reproduced in any way. If you would like to reproduce a stock image you can buy a licence for reproduction, click here for more information on pricesWhen you buy a print it is only the print and not a license to reproduce.All unauthorized copies of prints whether for your own use or for others are illegal, even a single photocopy or scan.
Linking and Hot linking
If you wish to link to any page of the site we are very happy for you to do so and encourage other website owners to do just that provided it is to the full URL address of any complete page and not directly to an image alone ( a practice known as hot linking ). All hot linking directly to all images and graphic is illegal, and not allowed. For example if you are interested in archaeology and want visitors to your website to view the picture of Stonehenge then you need to link to the full page thus
and not just to the individual
image. Putting our image on another web page is
copyright theft just the same as if it were saved and
If you are still unsure as to any aspect of copyright my legal representatives will be only too happy to clarify the matter further.
The price for unauthorized
reproduction is a minimum of £720.00 per occurrence.
Other costs are also likely including administrative
and legal costs in collecting the fee and also any
criminal penalty imposed by the courts. Many infringes
say that the cost of buying professional photography
is "too expensive" or their use is only a small use.
Well if that the case why not take your own
photographs, its not rocket science. If you only need
a simple snap then any competent amateur
photographer can manage it. I have even written an
article giving guidance on how
to take aerial photographs . The one thing that
is certain is that stealing somebody else s photograph
is not going to save you any money.
Looking around the
web, many people seem to be confused by copyright and
getting your legal advice from internet forums can be
a costly mistake. If you make use of copyright works,
you should read the Copyright Designs and Patents act
1988, which is online at the government website here.
Here are some popular copyright web myths which
a quick reading of the act will show you to be
Myth 1 ) If an image does not have copyright
information on it then it has no copyright protection
: Wrong, photographs are automatically copyrighted
from the moment they are taken and the copyright
holder does not need to write anything on or near the
photograph. This web myth stems from other countries
but my images are governed by the law in Britain
and Germany where no copyright is needed. Many people
say I should write copyright on the photograph which
in most cases I do but I am not legally required to do
so and this is not possible for my customers who have
paid for their photograph, nor can I control other
websites which have stolen my image and published it
on the internet.
Myth 3) If its on the internet its " in the public domain" and therefore free to use : Wrong " in the public domain" in copyright law has a very specific legal meaning and merely displaying an image in public does not put that image " in the public domain " . For a modern image to be "in the public domain" the copyright holder must formally give up his rights to the image, something no freelance professional photographer is ever going to do.
Myth 4) I got it from "X" who said I can use it therefore I am innocent. : Wrong: the user of an image is liable for its use. Under the legal principle "nemo dat quod non habet" nobody can assign rights to another that they do not have themselves. If you acquired the image from another source, such as your web-designer, you can sue to recover your losses however "nemo dat quod non habet" presents particular difficulties if you source your images from photo sharing or overseas websites where you may not be able to take legal action. Caveat Emptor, that "free picture " may turn out to be very expensive indeed.
Myth 5) I stole the image but now you have caught me I only have to pay the market rate of 20p : Wrong : you have to pay my normal rates plus additional sums for specific costs such as detection and recovery costs, legal fees, court costs etc. We can even insist you pay to us any profit you have made with our image.
Myth 6) We gave you a credit, so that should be enough : Wrong, I cannot feed my kids with "credits" and under UK law I do not need to. If you have used my image you must pay for it. Its not complicated all other retailers and business work on the same basis, if your using it, you pay for it!
Myth 7) We removed it as soon as we knew it was unauthorized, therefore we do not have to pay : Wrong , unless you have access to a time machine, you still need to pay for the use you have already enjoyed. This is another myth which stems from American Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) legislation which is designed to protect internet service providers and requires that the aggrieved party first send a " cease and desist " letter. Most infringers are neither an internet service provider, nor in the USA. If you use my image you must pay for it, if you do not want to pay do not use my image! Incidentally, if you think the rpice of my photograph is outrageous / extortionate / criminal you should see what the lawyers demand for infringement in America, many $000s is the norm over there, in fact I believe the average case has costs around $300,000 leaving many respondents bankrupt. I do not want to make lots of people bankrupt and earn millions for lawyers, I just want to get paid for the work I have done, just like most of you reading this page.
Myth 8) My use was "Fair Use" : Wrong : fair use is a concept which stems from a tight list of mainly educational copyright exceptions in the USA. I am not in the USA, and over here the allowed uses of my work are very minimal. Fair use in the UK would include such things as putting a link to a full webpage on your website (but not just the image )
Myth 9) I changed the image and made a new work out of it which is therefore my copyright : Wrong: these are derivative works and the original copyright holds good. You also need permission from the copyright holder to make those changes in the first place.
Myth 10) Infringers are all just penniless teenage bloggers, copyright law is only there for big business to get money from ordinary people. Wrong: Its more the other way round. A large number of my infringers are very large multi billion pound concerns who appear to have taken a deliberate decision to ignore copyright in the hope the holders wont pursue it. Right now some of the largest companies on earth are making money from my photographs that they have not paid for. Intellectual property is the cornerstone of the modern economy particularly in the UK where we manufacture much less than was once the case. Most of the countries income comes from intellectual property of one sort or another. Products may be made in China but they are often designed in the UK and because of the protection of intellectual property a share of the profits come back to the UK where through the tax system it is also used to fund public services and the benefits system. Intellectual property is the UKs main source of income after banking. The UK is very good with inventions, science, software, photography, music and film, without protection of intellectual property we will have no money!
And finally an apology that the above copyright section is not the friendliest page on the website. This is because I now have many more images stolen than I actually sell and hot linking has become so bad that at one point my ISP shut down my website completely for several days because of it. Its difficult to write a friendly copyright page when your fridge and bank account are empty but at the same time thousands of businesses are using the images without paying for them. Most people are familiar with shopkeepers moaning that the kids have stolen a few sweets, well image if you ran a shop and the kids had stolen everything in the shop and left just a couple of sweets behind for you to earn your living with. That's the situation that faces online photographers!
Please include "aerial photographs" in the subject line of any email.
Webb Aviation, "Villa Minimus" 14 Laleham Green, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 3LJ
Tel 0161 439 5197 Mob 0776 968 8748