Controversy Over Walmart Canada Photo Centre's "Rights Grabby" Terms

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posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 04:44 AM
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Walmart and other Corps are getting so sneaky with their Terms and Conditions by flavouring them with as much legal fluff as they can get away with, hoping no-one reads and understands their implications that isn't it about time we all make our own legally binding T&C's to protect us from all this and not be taken advantage of.




posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 05:04 AM
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In an overly litigious society that hates Walmart (but still shops there for some reason), it doesn't surprise me that they'd have a clause like this in their service agreement, nor can I really blame them for doing so. They get sued for looking at people the wrong way, so this seems to me to be simply a CYA move on their part... and a justifiable one at that.

If you're upset about it, don't blame Walmart. They're just making sure they won't get sued when some propaganda-fed disgruntled employee leaks a customer's photograph into the public domain in retaliation for the company not giving their lazy ass an undeserved raise.

But I digress...



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 07:33 AM
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We often hear a mentality around here that goes something like "if you have nothing to hide then the surveillance shouldn't alarm you". Within two posts this thought is successfully shown to have a flaw in its logic.

By the same turn, people must begin imagining what could one day be done with a digital image.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 07:46 AM
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I have had issues with this kind of ownership of photographs. EVERYWHERE you go to have your picture taken by a professional photographer, he/she maintains the rights to "their" pictures. This is to ensure that if you want more copies, you have to go back to them.

I found this out when trying to do a copy print of a picture at walmart (this was a school picture of my kids) and the employee of the photo lab noticed the small logos behind the originals and informed me that if I proceeded with the copying, it would be copyright infringement. I left and went to another store and was carefull not to show the logos


All licensed/ professional Photographs keeps the rights to all of their work. it's not just Walmart. At least in my area.

On a side note, I had something similar years ago about a dog, yes! a dog. I went to a pet store to buy a Cocker Spaniel for my wife ($550+tx). They made me sign a declaration that prohibited me from breeding her with another dog because the breeders where it came from kept the "rights" to breed them. UNREAL!!!



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 08:34 AM
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Originally posted by Teye22
I have had issues with this kind of ownership of photographs. EVERYWHERE you go to have your picture taken by a professional photographer, he/she maintains the rights to "their" pictures. This is to ensure that if you want more copies, you have to go back to them.

I found this out when trying to do a copy print of a picture at walmart (this was a school picture of my kids) and the employee of the photo lab noticed the small logos behind the originals and informed me that if I proceeded with the copying, it would be copyright infringement. I left and went to another store and was carefull not to show the logos


All licensed/ professional Photographs keeps the rights to all of their work. it's not just Walmart. At least in my area.

On a side note, I had something similar years ago about a dog, yes! a dog. I went to a pet store to buy a Cocker Spaniel for my wife ($550+tx). They made me sign a declaration that prohibited me from breeding her with another dog because the breeders where it came from kept the "rights" to breed them. UNREAL!!!



That's so cool that you got away with copyright infringement!

Maybe you should have just save some trouble by purchasing a couple thousand dollars in equipment, software and training/schooling, then just take the picture yourself. Just to make sure those greedy photographers can't make more money and really 'stick it to the man'.

BTW, while you got away with one, just remember... you put others at risk when you do these things. Where ever you did this, the owners of that store can ultimately be held responsible for what you did. So you just literally risked people's jobs and business' money, just to save a buck or two and do something illegal. Great...






posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 08:46 AM
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When I was in high school, my buddy worked at a photo developing shop, think it was a kodak one. They would look at all the pictures they were developing, and make copies for themselves of any they liked. Can't even tell you how many hot nudes that guy used to pass around when he came to hit the giant waterbo..... Get a digital camera and printer guys, I am seriously doubting that is an isolated incident.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 10:35 AM
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Originally posted by retirednature
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I don't think many professional photographers bring their work to Walmart lol!!!

Granted, it's unfortunate that Walmart does this, and people should be aware. Yet, I don't think too many people are getting 'screwed' because of this. It could the greatest idea in the world for Walmart's marketing team. "We need models"... "Oh wait, we've got billions of images to sift through and can use photoshop."
edit on 4-2-2013 by retirednature because: clarification


Most professional photographers don't take their work to anyone for processing. In the film era they would have had their own darkroom, and now that almost everything is digital they will have Photoshop, Lightroom and/or any other program or combination of programs. The only outside services most pros use is for printing their work on photo paper, once they have finished post processing it.. And they only do that if they aren't big enough to afford their own high end photo printing equipment. And even then I have read a few complaints, at www.fredmiranda.com..., about the same copyright stealing fine print from the photo printing services.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 11:31 AM
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Originally posted by Teye22
I have had issues with this kind of ownership of photographs. EVERYWHERE you go to have your picture taken by a professional photographer, he/she maintains the rights to "their" pictures. This is to ensure that if you want more copies, you have to go back to them.

I found this out when trying to do a copy print of a picture at walmart (this was a school picture of my kids) and the employee of the photo lab noticed the small logos behind the originals and informed me that if I proceeded with the copying, it would be copyright infringement. I left and went to another store and was carefull not to show the logos


All licensed/ professional Photographs keeps the rights to all of their work. it's not just Walmart. At least in my area.

On a side note, I had something similar years ago about a dog, yes! a dog. I went to a pet store to buy a Cocker Spaniel for my wife ($550+tx). They made me sign a declaration that prohibited me from breeding her with another dog because the breeders where it came from kept the "rights" to breed them. UNREAL!!!



As an amateur photographer, I have invested in several thousand £'s of equipment, and training. Spent long hours practising and perfecting my skills. Are you saying that I shouldn't be recompensated for my time, effort, training and skill?

I assume then, that you also work for free.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by TheComte
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Here is the actual Terms and Conditions from their site. Good luck.

www.walmartphotocentre.ca...

If that doesn't work, this is the home page and the Terms and Conditions link is at the bottom:

www.walmartphotocentre.ca...



edit on 4-2-2013 by TheComte because: (no reason given)


Took me about 5 seconds to find it. If you're a photographer it is YOUR responsibility to be wary of licensing agreements, especially when it comes to scum corporations like Walmart. Ignorance is not an excuse, especially in a court of law.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 12:09 PM
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That is because the OP told you what to look for.



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 07:22 PM
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This is a reply for Retirednature and BMorris (and all with the same point)

First of all, I must say that I agree with both your points (almost the same). I do understand that the equipment is expensive, I have family members as well as friends that are photographs now (not at that time, this was over 5 years ago when I did that copy. and it was 1 single copy and I have never done that again because we found another solution).

Of course you should be compensated for your hard & great work, isn't that why the prices are EXTREMELY HIGH to hire a photograph (Cost me 1000$ for my wedding). As mentioned this was a school picture so I did not hire him/her personally. They went there a for a few hundred students. But when I already paid over 100$ for only a couple of shots, and when I receive them I realize that I forgot 1 picture for my grand parents (OK my bad).

I would have to pay 20-25$ for ONE 8X10 picture of MY kids (extra from the predetermined bundle of course) and wait a couple of weeks to get it, I didn't have a lot of money and a copy print only cost like 5-7$. Seemed like the logical thing to me then but at the time, I was not aware about the copyright thing. until the guy told me ...

We found out later that we could order digital copies (we get them by email faster) and we can have them printed as many times as we want....legally too.

So although I agree that equipment is really expensive, when you go and take pictures of 500+ kids in a single school (and that photograph takes pics in ALL of the schools in the area), I find the prices too high for extras as they make tons of money with those contracts...so as I said we started opting for the digital copy and everyone is happy.

I have nothing against keeping rights on your work...but my family's faces, I should have ALL the rights over!
edit on 5-2-2013 by Teye22 because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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I'm so tired of the 'fine print' arguement, you're agreeing to it! You wouldn't sign a contract without reading it and this is no different.



posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 11:27 PM
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well its false to say they are taking your property. you have to literally sign away the rights to your photos.

small print isnt very nice, but you cant get mad for not wanting to read it.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 12:00 AM
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Originally posted by Goldcurrent
Wal-Mart is just scum. Plain and simple. Wanting to own the rights to the photographs you 'the customer' pays to process is just more whipped topping to the empire of evil.

I have boycotted this corporate menace for years. I don't understand why everyone else doesn't? Oh right. Semi-inexpensive goods made cheaply, by Chinese labourers. All the plastic crap and disposable electronics all at pennies cheaper than the competition. Just scum.




100% correct. Why do people keep buying all that CHEAP crap from China? do you think quantity is quality or something?

Myself, I would not buy there if they were handing out free boomkins, vangs or jennys.

pimpsonque,,,,,,i mean Simpson Sears.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 12:10 AM
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Originally posted by BMorris

Originally posted by Teye22
I found this out when trying to do a copy print of a picture at walmart (this was a school picture of my kids) and the employee of the photo lab noticed the small logos behind the originals and informed me that if I proceeded with the copying, it would be copyright infringement.



As an amateur photographer, I have invested in several thousand £'s of equipment, and training. Spent long hours practising and perfecting my skills. Are you saying that I shouldn't be recompensated for my time, effort, training and skill?

I assume then, that you also work for free.


I have no dog in this fight, but would like to ask you a question. The school photographer in the above case had already been compensated for their time, effort, training, and skill when the photos were originally ordered and paid for. How in the blue hell does making a copy of the end product, after already paying for it, impact that photographer in the least?



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 12:36 AM
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Ownership of Account Content
WALMART.COM claims no ownership rights to the photos, photo files, albums, projects, captions or prints, (collectively defined as "Content"), that you place in your Walmart Digital Photo Center Account. However, by uploading Content into your Walmart Digital Photo Center Account, you agree to waive all moral rights to those images. In addition, you grant to WALMART.COM a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license, so we can download, upload, copy, print, display, reproduce, modify, publish, post, transmit and distribute the photos included in your Photo Center Account for the purpose of displaying Content to the people you select and to fulfill orders.

We will not use or modify your Content for marketing purposes or any other purposes without obtaining your express permission.



photos.walmart.com... t+allowed+at+the+Photo+Center%3F



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 01:14 AM
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Originally posted by Lab4man
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Ownership of Account Content
WALMART.COM claims no ownership rights to the photos, photo files, albums, projects, captions or prints, (collectively defined as "Content"), that you place in your Walmart Digital Photo Center Account. However, by uploading Content into your Walmart Digital Photo Center Account, you agree to waive all moral rights to those images. In addition, you grant to WALMART.COM a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license, so we can download, upload, copy, print, display, reproduce, modify, publish, post, transmit and distribute the photos included in your Photo Center Account for the purpose of displaying Content to the people you select and to fulfill orders.

We will not use or modify your Content for marketing purposes or any other purposes without obtaining your express permission.



photos.walmart.com... t+allowed+at+the+Photo+Center%3F


So in other words, they don't own your photos, but you have given your moral rights (whatever that is) to them away, and they can do what they like with your photos under the excuse that they are displaying your photos to people you have chosen and to print your photos for an order (which doesn't specify if the person who ordered it is a customer approved person, or just some random guy)???

Is that right?


And hope to hell the employee doesn't make copies of photos your girlfriend in bikini or your kids for his own purposes, because not everyone is honest...........

I knew there was a reason all my photos stayed on a disc shoved in a draw somewhere...



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 07:25 AM
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I see the confusion now. This is the policy of Walmart in the USA.

I agree it is different than in Canada, which is what this thread is about.

edit on 7-2-2013 by TheComte because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 12:28 AM
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Moral rights means if you print something illegal.....they are required to report it to the authorities.





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