Copyright and our Legal Obligations

COPYRIGHT: When you buy a photo or other product from Event Photography by Mel Parry you are purchasing a COPY of that photograph which we still retain, not the photo itself. Because we created the photo we still own it even though you may be the subject. Therefore the copyright on every image created by us REMAINS with us, unless categorically specified otherwise in writing to you.

The upshot of this is that if you want to use another version of the photo you’ve bought in any way, such as to give it to a friend, then you must purchase a SECOND copy from us. And if you want to use it on the web, for example on Facebook, you must purchase a WEB image off us, unless you've specifically bought a 'Digital File for Personal Use'.

We only state this because it’s our livelyhood, and if our pictures are exploited in any way, not only would we not be able to pay the mortgage but we wouldn’t be able to stay in business and attend your events, so we’d ALL lose out in the end!

We take this matter very seriously and consider it theft if any of our images are used without permission or are not paid for, and we would be happy to pursue any instance of our image theft through the courts. If we DO see unauthorised use of our images anywhere we invoice the unauthorised use for a minimum of £75 each.

Technically you shouldn’t be able to download any image off this site, but we know there are a few computer geniuses out there hence why we put our copyright watermark on each image. If you BUY the photo however, the watermark will NOT be on your purchased print or item.

OUR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS: Sometimes we’re asked if we’re allowed to photopgraph children in public. We can - there are no restrictions on taking photographs in a public place or on photography of individuals, whether they are adults or minors. Photographic equipment may not be confiscated, or images deleted by any person or official unless a warrant for confiscation is issued. Any attempt without a warrant is considered common assault under UK law.

However we’ll always do our best to accommodate any request from parents or guardians if they’re not happy with their child being photographed, and will delete any photos if asked to do so. See more info here on our Photographing Children Policy.