I had a dream I was frequently blogging.
I shot with him two years ago and because I was too busy running around, I didn’t get a chance to go into the Dealer’s Room really until Sunday, but I did not see this there. My best friend met up with me later and was telling me this and I was utterly disgusted. I remember having to sign something before the photoshoot, but as it was two years ago, I don’t remember what it entailed, the only thing that comes to mind is that he has permission to use the photos for promotional use, but this is absolutely disgusting. I do not need someone taking a pillow of me home and doing shit with it - it’s pretty much like porn and I do not approve.
As I do not remember what exactly was written on the agreement, I most definitely do not recall anything about using the photos for pillows or the like to make money. That is wrong on too many levels. What if the cosplayer isn’t even 18? And a parent had to sign the form? Wouldn’t that mean underage cosplayers could possibly have their image on a pillow?
I had a longer post about this, but here’s the short version:
If you don’t know a photographer, then you shouldn’t be signing anything that gives them rights to your photos you’re not comfortable giving. And if you do, read the agreement, cross out/edit parts you want changed/clarified, initial the changes, have them initial them too. If they refuse, don’t sign it, and better yet, ask to take the paper to destroy it. Ask for a copy, or take a photo of the contract you just signed if you don’t get one.
I’ll give an assurance first-hand to the goings on, he would have been shut down if he didn’t have a signed model release from the initial complainant. And like it or not, prints are prints, be it on photo paper or a body pillow, and if the agreement was open enough, he had the right to do it… it’s creepy and underhanded as fuck, but legal.
Life gives us endless agreements, contracts, etc. and we really should be reading more of them.
Your rights aren’t worth squat if you sign them away. And like it or not, they have the piece of paper so “I don’t remember anything about that” won’t cut it in a court of law.
Now, here’s hoping enough word gets out on this that cons don’t let him in for future events.
Kevin’s got this dead on. It’s gross and creepy and completely legal.
Always read what you sign. Take photos of what you sign. And be careful, especially when you’re giving out rights to photos of you.
I can’t advocate breaking this guy’s camera. How about instead writing to the cons he’s attending and telling them what’s going on? Looking at his list that’s Dragon con, Otakon, NYCC, ANext, SDCC and Anime USA.
Wow, WHAT?! Whether it’s legal or not (I will leave that to the professionals), treating your subjects like a commodity instead of people with feelings is Not Okay. Image releases and contracts should protect BOTH parties, not just allow one to profit at the expense of the other’s dignity.
Echoing what Kevin and Elemental have said - Read what you sign.
I support boycotting this entity at cons.
Maybe a mass em-mailing campaign needs to happen to keep him out of the next cons he tries to sell these at.
Legal ≠ okay to do
It’s also legal in Texas to shoot a hooker that won’t have sex with you, after you paid her.
And there are just so many other things that laws cannot cover because they cannot predict the level of loophole wanking that creeps, sleazes, and greedy little monsters are prepared to challenge.
“Each person has the exclusive legal right to control and profit from the commercial use of his or her name and identity during his or her lifetime. This is a valuable right, particularly to well-known persons, such as sports figures and movie stars. Any attempt by another person to appropriate a living person’s name or identity for commercial purposes is actionable. The wrongdoer is liable for the tort of misappropriation of the right to publicity (also called the tort of appropriation).
In such cases, the plaintiff can (1) recover the unauthorized profits made by the offending party and (2) obtain an injunction preventing further unauthorized use of his or her name or identity…”
Cheeseman H. (2010) Business Law: Legal Environment, Online Commerce, Business Ethics, and International Issues, Upper SaddleRiver, NJ: Prentice Hall
does everyone think all smaller breasted girls are jealous of well endowed ladies because thats what anime tells me and i dont really get it
if you had to choose between living in the pokemon universe and world peace who would your starter be
My blood seal tattoo
My Disney/animated movie cosplays so far!
Much more to come soon ;3 Up after I complete Jasmine, is Pocahontas. Also want to update Kida! I have two surprise ones that I’m REALLY excited to finish and share with you, but since I need motivation, I’ll share them once they are nearing completion. I’m really bad at keeping secrets, so that’s my proverbial carrot on a stick to make me work. ;3
Tink- Crystal (Crumpets Cosplay)
Chel- SoulCrash Ron
Esmeralda- Kevin Lillard
Jasmine- n/a (tripod, ohoho)
Hey, ummm, momokurumi, I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this to you - and I sincerely hope it’s the case that no one has and that’s why you’re still doing it - but brownfacing to play characters of color is really offensive. Your costume work is quality; please don’t sully that by continuing to do something racist.
I’m just gonna reblog this for the lulz.
Really guys? This again? I’m not even sure if I should bother explaining, it’s getting tiring.
How to eat Oreos
watch a man’s ego crumble to shreds in only three messages
THE TIME STAMPS MIGHT BE THE BEST PART SERIOUSLY
You see, you don’t even have to be “friendzoned” to be a douche. Friendzoning was just an excuse for not being able to handle rejection. Hell, this guy would be lucky to be anyone’s friend =_=
Putting on cosplay
cosplayers just need a show on TLC or whatever
iT’S REALLY STRESSFUL HATING SOMEONE ALL YOUR FRIENDS LOVE