061293 Student Fashion Show 2
CREDIT: John Walmsley

Getting Your Ducks in a Row - Copyright

Event info

This talk is about being business-like, protecting your work, understanding agreements, copyright and how to protect yourself against future misuses of your work. John Walmsley will cover all the essentials needed to protect yourself and your work, and get paid properly and fairly for the use of your images whether you are a working professional or just starting out.

It includes topics like: letting your work be used for free or not, what to do when you find someone has exceeded the agreement and the pros & cons of social media.

Towards the end of the talk, John will be able to answer some questions.

This is John's most infringed image - it is being used on 80+ commercial websites around the world. 

Important - You will receive a Zoom invitation via email, on Monday morning 9th November. If you don't receive it please contact learning@rps.org .

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/custom.html

Attend an online event before 31 October to receive 20% off new membership. Learn more here.

About- John Walmsley has worked as a freelance documentary photographer since leaving Art School in 1968. His final year project on A.S. Neill and his democratic school, Summerhill, was published by Penguin Books in 1969 and his work has been published in 1,000+ books worldwide. His work is also held at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Art Library at the V&A, the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Tate Britain Library and la Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

He is an expert on all matters of copyright having chased many infringements of his own work. John uses this expertise to present to students and/or professionals about having your ducks in a row from the beginning so you stand a better chance of making a living. In particular, protecting your copyright so you could be paid later (sometimes, years later) when someone uses your work without asking and refuses to pay anything typically saying, "Photos are free, right?".


Images: Copyright John Walmsley

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend this talk, as it is not possible to refund any cancellation less than 14 days prior to start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel 7 days prior to its start date.



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