It's been a while since the last photo release, but here we are with another nice piece of paper straight from the Music Photographers page on facebook, and this time is for the band Bullet for My Valentine, which clearly I'll never go to photograph.
I hate when I see a band like them, a band that I love from their first album, one of the first bands I've seen live back in the 90s, comes out with a photo release. It's not extremely bad, as they don't steal any copyrights from you, but essentially they want free photos from photographers, to use for commercial purposes or for whatever they like, and I cannot accept that. So, I'm sorry Brian, I will never see you again on a stage, unless you get rid of this bullshit.
Only the fact that it's written in Comic Sans should be already a good reason to not go to this gig. You will also forced to photograph from the mixer, which in most of the case is in a galaxy far, far away, and then you cannot use your very far, far too small photos of them in any case unless they say "yes, you can", which it's very unlikely that it's gonna happen, in any universe. Stay at home and watch "MythBusters", it's way better.
I think this line says everything: "In consideration of (i) the payment to you of sum of one pound (Â£1.00)". Yeah, they are cool and all the rest, but unless you get paid good money from the magazine / agency you work for, stay at home.
Here we go with The National's photo release, which it essentially says that apart from the specific article you are shooting for, you cannot use your photos, they don't take your copyrights on them, but they say you cannot use them in any other istances, not even for your portfolio, unlessÂ you contact them and ask for the permission, which is something that will never happen, has they will ignore any email you will send to them.