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What is the law behind these contract forms?

TheLawTog®’s contract forms are drafted on general American law-based contract principles and are applicable to many states.  Due to variations in law based on location and business policies, the contracts are editable and easily adaptable.

If you are a photographer outside the US, the policies may be implemented for your business, but U.S. Federal Copyright laws and other legal theories may not apply.  For example, in the United States, unless otherwise contracted, the photographer retains copyright ownership of images. However, in other countries, the law may give the copyright ownership to the client and necessitate a provision for transfer. 

The contract templates provide a good foundation for a local attorney to amend for the laws of your country versus your attorney drafting from scratch.

It is recommended that a local attorney review your contract, including changes, for legitimacy.  You can search your state bar listings for a contracts or business attorney.  We are working to add attorneys in other countries to the list.

Why do you say I need to amend these contracts for my location?

While TheLawTog®’s contracts go through a multi-level review process after working intimately with various photographers per niche, we are unable to target in on every protection that you may want to include, plus laws can vary in different states and countries.  Try as we might, we do our best to provide a comprehensive and quality contract.

The best part of having these contract forms available is that they can provide you with a higher quality, more comprehensive and cheaper bill with a local attorney.   Small business lawyers are a great starting line for protection, but many have never been a photographer or have run a photography business.  These forms help to fill that void.


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