Wal-Mart Informative - Problems With The Photo Lab's Copyright Rules
EPPS BRIDGE PARKWAY - ATHENS, GEORGIA -- My boyfriend is an aspiring actor and he had an audition today. He didn't have time to get new professional headshots taken, so his Mom (who has a really nice Nikon D70 camera and is a real shutterbug) took some pictures for him near their home. He uploaded them to Wal-Mart's online photo ordering thing last night so he could have prints to take with him to his audition today.
Cut to today, when he goes to pick up his prints. THEY WON'T GIVE THEM TO HIM! They said that he didn't have permission from the "photo studio" to print them there. He points out that his Mom took the photos with her personal camera and he checked the box on the order form affirming that he had the rights to the pictures. They talk about how the photos must be professional due to the background and lighting. He points out that the "background" is a brick wall outside and the "professional lighting" is THE SUN. They still won't give him his photos. They even asked him if he had negatives (for his digital picture files)!!!
He told the photo person that he really needed these photos today or he might not get to go in for his audition (it's a big no-no to not have a headshot in hand). She was not sympathetic at all and insisted she was "just following the rules," but she is the one that makes the decision whether to give him the prints or not just by looking at them.
You can bet that if he was picking up prints of us on the couch with our dog or something, there would be no questions asked at all, but just because of the way he posed and the fact that his Mom happens to have a nice camera, she decided NOT TO LET HIM PURCHASE!