What is the UK copyright law on photographs taken by professional photographers? I have tried reading the requisite regulations but I am still a little confused.
I have assumed that if photographs taken at the request of the subject, and are paid for are the copyright belongs to the subject (or subject's family). If taken by a press photographer for a newspaper or magazine I assume the copyright belongs to the photographer until sold for publication, in which case it belongs to the publisher.
What is the situation regarding beach photographers who took pictures of holiday-makers on spec and sold copies to the subject(s)? I think these belong to the subject if purchased, or the photographer if not. Am I correct?