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 Post subject: Lady Gaga Wants to Own Your Photos of Her
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:12 am 
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Lady Gaga Wants to Own Your Photos of Her


http://music.aol.com/blog/2011/03/04/la ... os-of-her/

Lady Gaga believes she is a living work of art, and now she's asking photographers to recognize it as well.

According to TBD [via the Daily Swarm], photographers were given a photo release form at her Verizon Center show last week in Washington, D.C. While most of the stipulations were fairly standard, one in particular stood out. Citing the fourth paragraph, it read: "Photographer hereby acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Photograph(s) shall be owned by Lady Gaga and Photographer hereby transfers and assigns any such rights to Lady Gaga."

TBD goes on to point out that plenty of celebrities have strict photo rules, and even this is not entirely unheard of. Usually, however, it's in the case of an artist who plans on using live shots of the show for a release or something they plan on selling, to avoid having to shell out large amounts of money for the shots later. But without any further explanation, in the words of TBD photographer Jay Wescott, being subjected to give up your copyright is "not cool. Not at all."

We obviously appreciate the creativity and effort Lady Gaga puts into her live performances -- each show features numerous costume changes alone -- but it's hard to understand why she needs to claim ownership over the photos. Especially when you consider that most people in the crowds at her shows have some form of smart phone or hand held camera; this only seems to specifically target professional photographers.

"Everyone has a camera at concerts these days," Washington Post photographer Kyle Gustafson said. "People that are given photo access have more restrictions than people sitting in the front row with their cameras and their flashes popping off."

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