Fight For Your Photographer’s Rights

Last week I wrote that we photographers shouldn’t be hypocrites. Well now’s my chance to remind two die-hard readers, Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson, that they in particular should not be hypocrites either. As creative artists themselves, I had hoped that they would respect the rights of creators. But apparently not. So Ms. Gaga and Ms. Jackson, please don’t make photographers sign contracts that transfer the copyrights on the images we create of your concerts directly to you. I understand your need, or perceived need, or plain old desire, to maintain some control over your image and your brand, but come on—these contracts are offensive. "Egregious" was the term used by John Harrington on his Photo Business News & Forum blog. Read all about the hubbub, and what you should be prepared to do about a bad contract when you see one, at Mr. Harrington’s wonderful web site—which is a must-read for anyone interested in the business side of the photo business. Then head over to the ASMP web site where they’ve got a whole section about bad contracts, how to spot them, and what to do about them.

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