My family recently attended an event on the white house lawn. The event was semi-public in that only those with tickets were able to attend and there was a rather limited number of tickets. During the event, A Getty photographer took a photo of my wife and child participating in one of the activities. The photo later appeared on several websites across the world including Life.com and newspapers and news channel websites. My wife particularly liked one and contacted Getty to get a copy. They told her the best they could do was to sell her an electronic copy at a substantial price. Is that right? My wife and child are the main subjects of the images, and both of them are clearly recognizable. Clearly Getty has made money off this image, or at least, depending on their contracts, used it commercially, and my wife did not sign any releases for her or our child. We are not looking for the images to be taken down, we would just like a copy. Is it legal for them to sell and distribute the image without a release? Is it right that we would not at least receive a copy of the image when requested?