Photo Attorney

Apr 21, 2009

Oprah's Photo Request Grabs Exclusive Rights to Submissions

Most everyone loves Oprah, but most photographers may not love her request for photos for her "Breathing Space Gallery." There, the terms and conditions provide (you have to register for an account to see the page):

All . . . Submissions may be used . . . for broadcast or other publication by Harpo, Inc. or any of its affiliated companies or entities, including, but not limited to, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions, Inc. and Oprah & Friends, Inc. (collectively "Harpo") or its related companies or entities . . . .

By submitting the above, you acknowledge and agree [that] . . .

Harpo shall exclusively own all known or later existing rights to the Submissions worldwide and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use of the Submissions for any purpose in all media now known or hereafter discovered without compensation to the provider of such Submissions.

Instead of submitting an entry to her contest, it may be best to just sit back and enjoy her show.

Thanks to Jeremy Hinegardner for submitting this topic he discovered from Trey Ratcliff.