I work full time for a company where I perform several different roles. About a year ago they recognized my photographic skills and began to have me contribute photos to their social media campaign. They regularly publish my photos on various social media sites, their website and blog, and have even used one of my photos for a half page ad in a magazine. I recently asked if they would give me photo credit on Instagram. I was told no, that they own the photos and won't give me credit. I really like my job and want to keep it, but I feel like at the very least I deserve credit for my photos. Does anyone have some advice or thoughts regarding this? Thanks
Photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, created by an employee in the course of employment (on-the-clock), are covered by a common-law copyright. The employer owns this copyright. An expectation exists if the employer and employee have signed a written agreement stating that such work shall be “made for hire”. In other words, the copyright owner is you --- if you are an independent contractor. If you do not have such a contact, the employer need not acknowledge in any way that you, the employee, created a work of art (photograph). Further, you have no say as to how the artwork will be utilized.