I searched the forum, but this situation seems a bit unique. I did not have a contract, but am wondering if common copyright law would help me out with this. The only legalese I had was on the invoice, which read: "Shared rights: both customer and supplier have full rights to the supplied photographs for the purpose of future promotion, printing, and other reasonable uses." I'll summarize the situation here quickly.
-Took pictures for a local dress shop, L** Boutique. Provided L** with digital files of the finished pictures, a photobook, and two large banners for tradeshows and advertising.
-The pictures were of a single model affiliated with L***head Modeling (LM)
-Told the model that she could use the images for her personal modeling portfolio, and
L** could use them for future advertising
-We never spoke or had any communication with LM
-About a year later, a flyer ad for LM appears in the weekly mailout in our mailbox, featuring one of those images, unaccredited
-Apparently L** gave LM the images to use in exchange for free use of the model
-We were not aware of this arrangement, as we only supplied photos to L** and the model herself
-We feel that by using the image in an ad intended to generate income for LM, without having ever spoken to us or paid us for use of that image, LM has infringed upon our copyright
We (my wife and I, the photog team) are not looking to get rich or anything off of this, but are just hoping to straighten things out, and protect ourselves in the future. We're a year and a half into this and would like to tighten things up with regard to situations like this that could arise. If anyone has a similar experience or knows of sources of copyright law, that'd be a great help!