When trying to make copies legally, consumers complain, researchers hit dead ends, and media buyers become frustrated that they can’t get an up-to-date address for a certain photographer…all of which feed the frustration with copyrights and lead to complaints to government. But the Photographer Registry can help.
The Photographer Registry
The Photographer Registry (www.PhotographerRegistry.com) is a free service designed to help past customers, retailers, and media buyers locate photographers with a small amount of information. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) members’ contact information is automatically included.
With this, those who need photographic reproductions can locate the copyright owner; and photographers can keep their contact information current, choose what information to display, identify their heirs, and specify how reproduction requests can be handled.
Why is this important? A consumer often only remembers the old address or phone number of the photographer. But the photographer might have closed their business, moved, or even be deceased. Compiling a list of current and previous contact information just makes sense.
Take advantage of the Photographer Registry…it’s simple:
- Go to www.photographerregistry.com (there is no cost).
- Log in using your PPA Member number as the username, and the first ten characters of your last name (including capitalization).
- Keep your record updated.
Remember: The Photographer Registry is neither designed nor intended as a search engine for someone looking for a new photographer. It is simply used to locate photographers (usually in issues of copyright). In addition, contact information in the Registry will not be used for other purposes, is kept on a secure server, and will not be shared with any third parties. Members of the Registry may, however, receive periodic communications about Registry or Copyright issues.
Customers/Retailers/Researchers: Locate photographers for free to see if you can reproduce their copyrighted material.
Photographers: Create a free account that features your most up-to-date business information.
~ This post was taken from the very helpful Professional Photographers of America website.