I know we get a few of these threads here and some may be tired of them, but I need some help. I recently found an image of mine in a full page ad that was used in two separate magazines. The same image was used in two other mags awhile ago, but I charged for those. Here’s some background; A year or so ago, I entered into a verbal agreement with a semi-pro surfer to photograph him surfing. He said his sponsors were looking for some pics for their ads. He said he couldn’t afford a pro photographer for each and every shoot. Seeing as I could make my money from the ads, I shot him for free. I never gave him any full rez images…save for one and you guessed it, it’s the one that was used without permission. It technically was not given to him, but sent through an email for him to give to his sponsor. I kept the emails between us where I explained he was not to use them for ads or publication without my permission and his replies with understanding. Though it’s an image of HIM surfing, does he have partial copyright? I've contacted the company (his sponsor), but have not informed them of my concern. I only asked where the ad was being run. Written contracts from here on out for me.