It is common practice in the custom cake decorating field to take photos of your creative work while in the employ of a company, for personal use. Cake decorators use these photos to illustrate their abilities on their websites for their resume portfolios, side job portfolios, etc. There are thousands of these sites on the web and on facebook. Nearly all cake decorators who work for someone else have a side business of their own. Again, its common practice.
After 4 years of being allowed to take photographs of their work while in her employ, an employer notified all of her employees that they must remove all of those said cake photos, as she insists that is her copyrighted material. She advised everyone she will take legal action if they dont remove them from their facebook pages and websites, unless they clearly mark the photos as being done for XX company. In other words, she is insisting she be tagged or credited.
Can she enforce this, even with former photos she allowed and overlooked prior to changing her rules?
And, unless its a catalog style she can prove is a product sold by her company, how can she claim photos are genuinely of her property?
Thank you for your help.