Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2016/09/13

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Subject: [Leica] Draconian "Release"
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:27:41 +0200
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To me the only relevant consideration is how much they are paying you. Is it 
enough to offset your pain about giving away the rights? If yes, then OK. If 
not, then tell them to go f**k themselves.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain <>
http:// <>

> On 13 Sep 2016, at 22:21, Tina Manley <tmanley at> wrote:
> LUG -
> I'm sure you've heard more than enough about the Syrian refugee project but
> I've run into a problem and would like your opinion.
> The local newspaper The Herald - which has been bought out by McClatchy,
> along with every other newspaper around - asked for some of my photos to
> illustrate an article about the project.  I sent them several photos two
> weeks ago with permission to use them in the newspaper and on their website
> with a copyright notice.  I didn't hear anything for two weeks.  Today I
> got an e-mail saying that they could not use the photos with a copyright
> notice and if I gave them permission to use them without the copyright
> notice, I would also have to sign a release giving the Herald "an
> irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish, republish, resell,
> distribute, copy and edit the submission an unlimited number of times in
> any print, electronic or other medium."
> I explained to them that I could never sign a release that gives away all
> rights to my photos - that it would not be fair to me or the subjects of my
> photos.  I explained that I never lease photos as royalty-free and that any
> royalty-free photo that featured an identifiable person would have to have
> a model-release signed by that person.  All of my photos are rights managed
> for editorial use only.
> I told them they were welcome to use the photos with a copyright notice.
> Now I have to explain to the committee why the photos won't be in the
> Herald :-(
> What do you think?
> Tina
> -- 
> Tina Manley
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