Rolling Stone points out photographers’ dilemma going on right now with regard to photographing Lady Gaga’s concerts. In order to be permitted to shoot the concert, some photographers are required to sign an egregious rights-grab photo release.
There are a couple of provisions that are simply ridiculous from the photographers’ standpoint.
1. “The Photograph(s) may only be displayed on the Blog/Website for a period of four (4) months. Lady Gaga reserves the right to withdraw the permission granted herein at any time and Photographer agrees to immediately cease and desist from any further such use of the Photograph(s) . . . .”
and here’s the kicker…
2. “Photographer hereby acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Photograph(s) shall be owned by Lady Gaga and Photographer hereby transfers and assigns such rights to Lady Gaga.”
Wow. That’s a pretty bold agenda.
You can check out the full release form here.
I could understand this type of language for a photographer that she employed; however, these are being handed out to photographers who are providing media coverage of her concerts.
If you had access to cover a Lady Gaga concert, would you sign one of these Photo Release Forms? Have you?