11 May, 2011 | Posted by: st

RIGHTS GRAB AGAIN -- Carolyn A. Wright, Esq.: “Texas Motor Speedway Wants Copyrights Of Photographers - A photographer seeking credentials to shoot at the Texas Motor Speedway reportedly was handed a harsh agreement to sign, which includes a transfer of copyrights to the photos taken there and restricts what the photographer can do with the photos. It appears that the Speedway has joined other rights grabbers. http://www.photoattorney.com/?p=2184
Other rights grabs in exchange for access: http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2009/07/17/concert-photographers-asked-to-transfer-copyright-to-janes-addiction/comment-page-1/ . SOURCE: Carolyn A. Wright, Esq.
TAKEAWAY: This situation is where you want to stand up for your own rights, and in particular, the Freedom of the Press. Pompous event coordinators and security guards have the right to ask you to sign a release allowing the sponsor to own the copyright to your pictures. You have the right to not sign it. If you don’t mind paying your own way to an event, (not using the free press pass they issued you), well, whose going to know you have a camera underneath that raincoat you’re wearing. ? -RE


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