When you purchase shared rights to photos, it means that you and the photographer both have the right to use the photos for personal use. This may include printing the photos for your own personal use or sharing them on social media. Sole rights, on the other hand, refers to a situation where only one party has the exclusive right to use or capitalize on an asset.
For example, a photographer may sell sole rights of an engagement photo to a client, meaning that the client has the exclusive right to use the photo for any purpose, and the photographer can no
longer use or sell the photo. In summary, shared rights means multiple parties have rights to use the asset, while sole rights means only one party has rights to use the asset.