Janet Jackson’s concert photography contract is worse than Taylor Swift’s

Oct 21, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Janet Jackson’s concert photography contract is worse than Taylor Swift’s

Oct 21, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Remember the massive outcry when Taylor Swift’s terrible concert photography contracts were published? Apparently Janet Jackson doesn’t, or she just really doesn’t care.

Earlier today PetaPixel were sent a copy of the contract photographer’s have to sign if they wish to take photos at Jackson’s 2015 world tour, and it ain’t pretty.

“I have seen a lot of crazy contracts come my way, but this one is beyond ridiculous”, said the photographer, who chose to remain anonymous.

The super-restrictive contract includes two especially problematic clauses. The first one limits photography to the first 30 seconds of the first song. Yep, photographers are given a whopping half a minute to get their shots.

Next up is a clause stating that all copyright to the images that were captured in the above mentioned 30 seconds belong to Jackson’s production company. In addition, the photo may be used only once and in connection to the performance. Any additional use, by the media outlet or the photographer wishing to display the photo in his portfolio, must be approved in writing by the production company.

The photographer shared his feeling on the matter with PetaPixel:

“I grew up listening to Janet Jackson. She was the second concert that I have ever been to. I have spent so much money on her merchandise and albums. So when the opportunity to finally photograph her concert came up, I was beyond ecstatic. That was, until I saw the contract.”

“I’m not seeing any money from Janet Jackson’s people,” the photographer added. “Yeah I have my outlet that I work for, but that does not give them the right to take advantage of that, and strong arm my pictures away from me for doing my job.”

The photographer went on to explain just how much of a hassle photographing Jackson’s concert has become:

“If I refuse the assignment, then that is less money for me to eat or pay my rent. On top of that I’m driving many hours to photograph this concert, only to be allowed to shoot Miss Jackson ‘solely during thirty seconds of the first song’. In most cases, photographers are allowed the first three songs, sometimes only two.”

For those who missed it, here’s how the Taylor Swift saga unfolded:

Taylor Swift. She amended her contracts, will Janet Jackson do the same?
Taylor Swift. She amended her contracts, will Janet Jackson do the same?

Like I said, this was a pretty big deal and I doubt Jackson and her agents didn’t hear about it.

Hopefully photographers and publications will stand their ground once again and show Jackson that the days of concert photographers being used are (or should be) over.

The contract can be seen below:

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS[via PetaPixel | Images by -MaDMAn- and Wikipedia]

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3 responses to “Janet Jackson’s concert photography contract is worse than Taylor Swift’s”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    “If I refuse the assignment, then that is less money for me to eat or pay my rent. On top of that I’m driving many hours to photograph this concert…”

    Enough with the crybaby routine. You are a businessman, so act like one. If its not economically viable don’t take it. Either find something profitable to fill the time slot or enjoy your day off.

  2. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    If you don’t like the terms, don’t take the gig. I’m going to bet she has a house photographers/videographers so let it go. Not worth getting bent out of shape.

  3. TerraPhoto Avatar
    TerraPhoto

    I like the boldness of turning photojournalism into a direct “Work-for-Hire” copyright grab by the artist and “Company”. And, demanding editorial veto on the text as well… What photographer or media outlet would ever sign this? Then again, it is Janet Jackson… I didn’t even know she still had fans let alone a media outlet interested in covering her concerts.