I'm looking for a legal answer here... not just what seems right (as we all know, those can be different). If a photographer were to go to a band's gig without being asked there by the band, and not under any legal agreement with the band... would the photographs that this person took be legally owned by the band or the photographer? It seems right to me that although the band members are the subject of the photographs, the photographer owns the rights to the images, and the band cannot distribute them without his consent. Is that true? Reason being, we were recently photographed by a "professional" photographer at a gig, and the images were posted on the individual's personal website. We like a few of them, and so we downloaded the high-resolution versions of them. Then we were told that we can't use them without buying them. I can see both sides of this one, but it would be nice if there was a clear line. Anyone care to enlighten me? Thanks! EDIT: What would intend to do with these is put them on our website as general band photos. We would have no problem giving full credit to the photographer, and we're not trying to profit from them specifically.