I just had an email exchange with a bride who was concerned about a clause in our contract. She, like many other brides, did not want her video to be posted online - and I completely understand (see excerpt below). If you haven't noticed, we only have three sample wedding videos: our Mini Love Story, and two highlight piece (one's a beach wedding). Every wedding videographer is faced with being a businesswoman or man and someone who appreciates the artistic beauty and sanctity of your ceremony.
I think posting every video I film would mean being whimsical with someone's private moment. But hey, for some companies reaping the monetary benefits holds more weight. That's because the more content they post on their site the higher the search engine ranking. So, they are actively trading professional courtesy for more bookings.
Of course, this is my own personal ethical code. If I were you, I wouldn't hire anyone who believes otherwise. Would you feel right posting videos without consulting the couple?
When we developed our contract, we were strongly encouraged to keep the video rights. You have to understand, the legal intent is not to aimlessly post other people's weddings all over the internet, but to prevent other companies from taking credit for our work. They could easily post our videos all over the internet as their own, and we would have no legal recourse.
We would like to take this opportunity to make a pledge to our couples: we will never post videos publicly without your permission. Yes, we suffer a little in search engine rankings, but I'd rather maintain respect for the craft and the sanctity of your ceremony.
Here's the section of the contract she was referring:
"Display rights: In signing this contract, The Customer is acting as agents for all members of the party and guests and grants Manoa Media LLC all rights for display, broadcast, exhibition, promotion, and advertising use of all images produced under this contract. All video masters and raw footage remain the exclusive property of Manoa Media LLC."