1. Terms and Definitions

(a) A picture includes a photograph, images, transparency, negative, digital scan, design, artwork, painting, montage drawing, engraving or any other item which may be offered for the purposes of reproduction; (b) reproduction includes any form of publication or copying of the whole or part of any picture and whether or not altered by printing, photography, slide projection (whether or not to an audience) xerography, artist’s reference, artist’s illustration, layout or presentation, electronic or mechanical reproduction or storage by any other means; (c) the Photographer (otherwise known as Bernardo Contopoulos) is the Author of the photograph or the Photographer. (d) the Client is the person or organisation to whom the invoice is addressed (whether or not the Client is acting for a third party); (e) Framing Colours administers the licensing of the works of the Photographer, Bernardo Contopoulos and is a trading name of Framing Colours a company registered in the Netherlands; (f) These terms and conditions represent the entirety of the agreement between Framing Colours and the Client. Any variation is only applicable when agreed in advance and in writing;


2. Copyright and Ownership of Materials

(a) The entire copyright in the pictures is retained by the Photographer, Bernardo Contopoulos at all times throughout the world and is administered by Framing Colours; (b) Title to all photographs remains the property of the Photographer; (c) Images will be licensed for use for a specified period. When the License to Use has expired, the images should be no longer used. The Client is expected to comply with this requirement within 30 days of expiration of the License to Use. The Photographer reserves the right to make additional charges for continued use after this period; (d) The Photographer, as administered by Framing Colours, supplies the technical and artistic ability to illustrate an idea photographically, and sells the right to reproduce those pictures in a given context. No property or copyright in any pictures shall pass to the Client whether on its submission or on Framing Colours’ grant of reproduction rights in respect thereof; (e) Bernardo Contopoulos asserts both his moral right to be identified as the author of his work and the right to a credit is asserted in accordance with Copyright Act [Auteurswet] 1912.


3. Use and Reproduction

a) The License to Use only comes into effect once full payment of the invoice has been made. No use may be made of the images until full and final payment – including any late payment charges that may have been levied – has been received by Framing Colours; (b) Permission in writing may be granted for image use before payment, however this permission will be immediately revoked if payment of the invoice is not made by the timescale stated on the invoice; (c) Reproduction rights (if and when granted) are strictly limited to the use and period of time specified, depending on the license type granted. No license, in whichever category, is given for more than two years time. If the Client wishes to continue to make use of the photo after that period, a new invoice will be generated. An agreement must be reached with Framing Colours before the pictures are used for a different purpose or after the license to use has expired; (d) Reproduction rights are not issued exclusively to the Client except when specified on the invoice; (e) Reproduction rights granted are personal to the Client and may not be assigned, nor may any picture submitted to the Client be loaned or transferred to third parties save for the purpose of the exercise by the Client of such reproduction rights; (f) Any reproduction rights granted are by way of license and no partial or other assignment of copyright shall be implied; (g) Framing Colours reserves the right to refuse to supply or grant a reproduction license to a third party when requested to do so by the Client; (h) In the case of printed publications, three copies of the relevant pages containing any picture supplied are to be furnished to Framing Colours free of charge within two weeks. In other media, evidence of use must be made available if requested; (i) On the Client’s death or bankruptcy or (if the Client is a company) in the event of a Resolution, Petition or Order for winding up being made against it, or if a Receiver is appointed, Framing Colours may at any time thereafter inspect any records, accounts and books relating to the reproduction of its pictures to ensure that the pictures are being used only in accordance with the reproduction rights granted to the Client.


4. Definitions of Reproduction Rights

The following terms are used when describing the reproduction rights granted by Framing Colours and the Photographer to the Client: (a) Internal Use only: The right to use the pictures only within a company for non-commercial purposes; publication in a free in-house magazine not normally available to the public; exhibition within the Client’s premises; editorial use in the Client’s intranet site; (b) PR and Press distribution: The right to use the pictures as described in 4(a); plus a license for third parties to reproduce such pictures in print or electronic media in an editorial context where no fee has been paid to guarantee publication; (c) Specified Use Only: The right to use the pictures once only for the purpose as described on the invoice; (d) Editorial: One reproduction only of pictures supplied within one print edition of the specified title in an editorial context only.


(a) Our payment terms are strictly net 28 days (four weeks) unless agreed in advance and in writing; (b) If payment is not made in accordance with (a) above then Framing Colours may rescind any Agreement and recover damages, or, at its option, may exercise its statutory right to interest; (c) A fee of EUR 25 (excluding VAT) will be made for each account reminder, duplicate invoice, or any other paperwork, correspondence or phone calls involved with the pursuance of a debt. This fee is non-refundable, and represents the additional time spent pursuing overdue invoices; (d) The Client’s right to reproduce a picture arises only when Framing Colours’ invoice relating to the grant of such right is fully paid (including interest charges levied on late payment of the invoice or invoices). Any reproduction before payment of the invoice constitutes an infringement of rights and a breach of this Agreement entitling Framing Colours to rescind the Agreement and rendering the Client liable for the payment of damages; (e) If any invoice issued to the Client is not paid by the Due Date, then all unpaid invoices issued to the Client become due of immediate effect, even if it is less than 28 days from the issue date, and that Framing Colours may consider these invoices as overdue when pursuing legal action for the recovery of said debts;

5. Payment Terms


(a) Framing Colours will edit every take and deliver what it considers to be the best of every situation covered; (b) Unless a rejection fee has been agreed in advance, there is no right to reject on the basis of style, composition or editing. 

6. Rejection


(a) While Framing Colours takes all reasonable care in the performance of this agreement generally, it shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by the Client of by any third party arising from use or reproduction of any picture or its caption; (b) The Client agrees to indemnify Framing Colours in respect of any claims or damages or any costs arising in any manner from the reproduction without proper reproduction rights of any picture supplied to the Client by Framing Colours; (c) It is the Client who must satisfy himself/herself that all necessary rights, model releases or consents which may be required for reproduction, are obtained and it is acknowledged that Framing Colours gives no warranty or undertaking that any such rights, model releases or consents have or will be obtained whether in relation to the use of names, people, trade marks, registered or copyright designs or works of art depicted in any picture. In the event that the picture is issued or reproduced by or with the authority of the Client then the Client shall indemnify Framing Colours against any loss or damage, proceedings or costs where such rights, releases or consents have not been obtained.

7. Liability and Indemnity


(a) This Agreement shall be subject to and constructed according to Dutch Law and the parties agree to accept the exclusive direction of the Courts of the Netherlands; (b) No variation of terms and conditions set out herein shall be effective unless agreed in writing by both parties. (c) Email communication constitutes a contract in law, unless the Client specifically states they will not accept this and instead provides hardcopy paperwork of all relevant agreements and contracts.

8. Applicable Law 


The Photographer and Framing Colours will keep confidential and will not disclose to any third parties or make use of information communicated to them in confidence for the purposes of the photography, save as may be reasonably necessary to enable the Photographer or Framing Colours to carry out their obligations in relation to the commission. Making Payment Our terms are strictly net 28 days (four weeks) unless agreed in advance and in writing. Payment by bank is preferred and bank account details will be provided on our invoice. We also accept payment by PayPal. Please note, when making payment by bank, proof of postage of remittances is not considered proof of receipt, and Clients are advised to send payment by any method affording proof of delivery.

9. Client Confidentiality