Muso machinations

PHOTOGRAPHERS covering gigs and music at venues all over the UK are increasingly concerned about so-called "agreements" issued at the moment of entry to a concert. These are slowly becoming more and more bizarre in their terms. Many are out-and-out copyright grabs - and never for any money. Those who refuse to sign are told they will be refused entry.

Spurred on by an outrageous set of demands issued by Lenny Kravitz's management (see September Freelance), the photographers' sub-committee of the NUJ's Freelance Industrial Council decided "enough was enough". The PSC is working with several music photographers on a model agreement, and a set of guidelines to outline a better relationship between bands and photographers. These are now at an advanced draft stage, and informal talks with musicians and managers are expected soon.

Juicy excerpts:

  • "All photographs to be used are subject to the prior approval of the Artist. Photographer shall not authorize or permit any use of any Photographs in any manner or media without prior written consent of Artist."
  • "Photographer hereby grants to Artist the irrevocable right in perpetuity to use the Photographs in any and all manner and media, now or hereinafter known, without payment, or other compensation..."
  • "Photographer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Artist and Artist's management, agents, representatives, licensees, successors and assigns... from and against any claims, losses, damages and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by any of the Indemnified Parties arising from or relating to any use of the Photographs"
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