If a client breaks a contract, can I revoke photo use?

If a photographer grants license to a client to disseminate and sell photographs under a contractual agreement that certain conditions be upheld, (i.e. giving proper credit and citation for every usage and instance of the image/s published), and the client breaches that agreement, what, if any, recourse does the copyright owner have to revoke the license which was governed by a contract and applicable terms and conditions?

Anonymous on July 11, 2012

Good question. That sounds like “breach of contract” which is beyond me, so ask a local lawyer. But, if you are the photographer, then you own the copyright and you can do whatever you like with it. So, if you feel that the contract has been broken, you could send a cease-and-desist letter asserting your copyrights. Consult an attorney for that.


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