Picture: Disneyland vacation photos; Spring 2011.
This last week, my wife, kids, and I took a five day vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. I’m not a big fan of mega-corporate conglomerates. I also recognize that Disney is fiercely protective of their copyrights and trademarks. I had absolutely no interest in spending a week or more of my time to process and keyword a lot of editorial theme park images that would have little to no commercial value to my business. I decided this would be the first time in my 20+ years of doing photography that I took a trip, but left my camera at home.
Oddly enough, on at least three separate occasions during my visit, including at the “Photo Store” on main street, I heard Disney employees encourage visitors to purchase a disc of professional images, touting the words, “…you’ll own the copyright…” The words resonate in my head. I can assume Disney grants a personal non-commercial Royalty Free license, but I guarantee that Disney does not allow them to ‘own the copyright’. Unfortunately, it seems that the Disney employees find it easier to paint with a broad, glitter-coated rainbow brush telling customers that they’re buying something they’re not getting, rather than try to explain what a ‘personal royalty free use license’ is.
(File under: My wife insisted that we go to Disneyland, so that’s where we went.)
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