This is a great way of describing licensing or usage rights for photography. I found it on Lincoln Barbour’s website – a fantastic advertising shooter based in the US.
Anyway, back to the point – think of photography in terms of…
Music – you hear a pop song in a commercial, but that company doesn’t own the song.
Software – you buy the software, but that doesn’t mean you own the code.
Blueprints – you may own the building when it’s built, but the architect owns the design.
Sculpture – you can buy art, but you can’t copy and sell it as your own.