Photo Attorney

Mar 22, 2009

More Websites Grab Photo Rights

Check the terms of the Eclectic Eye Photo Contest - you get a 10% off coupon and the winner gets an "eyewear makeover" (you must be present to win). What does the Eclectic Eye get?

By submitting any photo or information to The Eclectic Eye, you hereby grant to The Eclectic Eye an irrevocable, perpetual, and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish, and otherwise make use of the submitted photo.

Vimeo wants you to post your videos. Unfortunately, the terms provide that:

By submitting your Submission . . . VIMEO shall be entitled to unrestricted use of any Submission for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to the submitter.

Adography matches photographs with advertisers. But the terms make Adography much more than a matchmaker:

When you give us Content or post or display Content on the Site, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise the copyright, publicity, and database rights and any and all Intellectual Property Rights you have in the Content, in any media known now or in the future.

While reading the small print is no fun, it's better than shrinking your rights!

Thanks to Sean Locke and Damien Franco for submitting these alerts.