This month saw Marilyn Manson play with fingertip lasers under a sea of smoke at Brixton Academy, a grand circus show by P!NK on her Funhouse tour at the O2 Arena, Mars Volta in great shape but with a ridiculous (release) form (cf previous post), a press conference with Rihanna announcing her UK arena tour 2010 and last night The Raveonettes supported at Islington Academy by ex- Hope Of The States, The Nothwestern. A near miss with Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup with Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme, which I refused to shoot eventually due to a non negotiable ridiculous form, again, third time this month. The release was word for word the same as for Mars Volta, grabbing rights throughout the Universe and etc.
Archive for December, 2009
To the ignorant pathetic sad persons who write these stupid copyright-grabbing “photographer releases”: get a life.
I am so disappointed though because this time (and that’s probably the worse release form I’ve ever read) it is from Mars Volta. I don’t get it, what goes through the mind of whoever decides this stuff, and does that really have anything to do with the actual band members? I mean have they sold out that badly?? Shame as I think these guys are brilliant musically and Omar Rodr√≠guez-L√≥pez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are some of the best performers around. I was also a huge fan of At The Drive In. Plus when you read things about them they seem to have ethics, integrity.
But tonight not only did they have pretty bad restrictions (1 song, from side of pit, don’t move), and typically the light started to be great as soon as we couldn’t shoot – but that, if it’s their choice, it’s their choice, fair enough – but they had this form, which can also be seen on that Flickr post I just found. Basically it says things like we “hereby grant, transfer, convey and assign to [the band] all right, title and interest throughout the universe in perpetuity, including, without limitation, the copyright (and all renewals and extensions thereof), in and to the Photos.” Not less. And then that they can do whatever they like with it for free etc etc. Go check it out it’s quite something.
And of course this form is handed to the photographer on arrival, and it is “sign or you don’t have your pass”. Which signifies it is signed under duress and is therefore by law void anyway. Now imagine that you go to work and the moment you get to the door someone tells you well you can go to work but all your salary is theirs, but if you say no you’re fired. That’s simply racket.
Although I did not sign it these copyright grabbing forms are a big shame on the face of this industry. Probably written by some frustrated wannabe lawyer who find it hard to justify their job (/existence?), they make absolutely no sense at all and instead of being here to protect an artist they simply let them steal the work of others. Like, do they grant the rights to their songs to the audience when they perform them? Maybe they think us photographers make lots of money on their back from shooting them live? Well sorry to disappoint you guys but not quite. And whenever we do make a bit of money, it means they do get promotion anyway. It’s not like it’s going to do the cover of tomorrow’s Times is it? Or maybe they confuse us photographers with the chaps that sell (illegal) prints/band merch on eBay? Well, wrong again: when this happens it generally means one of us got a photo stolen.
Anyway so, to these copyright grabbers, either:
1- You don’t want photos of your show or band in the press
Answer: fine! just tell us so, we won’t bother, we’ll find another show to photograph, or anything else to do, no problem at all, you’re hardly the center of the earth
2-You need photos of your show for your own promotion
Answer: hire one of us! We are a good bunch, we don’t bite, we know what we’re doing, just find a photographer to do the job for you and grant a licence for an agreed fee and there you go. That’s always better that stealing the copyrights once the job is done isn’t it?
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Hello world, I got myself into the Twitter fashion, never too late to jump on the train so come and follow my tweets here:
I have a few more sets on my Flickr, will add them here soon but having equipment troubles as my Mac died on me while coming back from Rihanna’s press conference yesterday. D’oh. Hopefully the replacement will be there soon thanks to the helpful Apple people, fingers crossed. But check out P!NK’s grand Funhouse show at the O2 Tuesday and yesterday’s Marilyn Manson dark and smoky performance at Brixton academy, as well as a beautiful blonde Rihanna posing at her press conference yesterday in a Westfield restaurant to announce her UK Arena tour 2010.
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I haven’t had time to update the site with new sets but they can all be seen on my Flickr which is I must say a pretty neat way of quickly uploading new sets. I’ll still put them here as usual I guess but for the meantime you can go and check out Hollywood Undead, Escape The Fate, The Cribs, Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Motorhead, The Damned, Girlschool, Jools Holland and his orchestra and Paloma Faith by clicking all these pretty names.
I’ll also very soon update with some portraits.