Plant Database forum: query re photos submitted - do we still retain our image rights?

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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Apr 15, 2017 2:20 PM CST
I have a question about copyright or "ownership" of photos submitted to the database.

Some time ago, I submitted an image (that I took) to the plant database, for a particular daylily.

As it turns out, the AHS did not have an image for this daylily, and they are now requesting images for such daylilies as they have no images for.

I sent them an image (I believe it was the same one I uploaded to the database here), and they want to use it. (They had to get permission first from the plant's hybridizer to use my image, and now they need my signature.)

It just now occurred to me, that there might be a problem (because this is the same image).

By first uploading this image to the plant database here, did I give up any rights? Or do I still retain my right-of-ownership, such that I can allow AHS to use this image?


I'm appending to add... If by submitting an image to the plant database here, we essentially give over rights and ownership to the National Gardening Association, then a) you need to make that VERY CLEAR, and b) I'm going to have to think long and hard about submitting any more images! So far as I am concerned, *my* images are free for anyone to use, though hopefully they will acknowledge the source.
It's daylily season!
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Region: Alabama
Apr 15, 2017 2:35 PM CST
I don't know much about the law and legal stuff, but I pulled up some of your images here in the data base and they all had the caption of "all rights reserved" in the extra info space. I am almost positive that you keep all rights to your photos, but you agree to allow them to be used here on the site. Hope that is correct. Now I have no idea about what happens when you agree to let the AHS use them.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
Apr 15, 2017 3:14 PM CST
Yes, you retain all rights to your photos.

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