How the giants really work
Andrew Wiard, the photographer quoted in your April front
page lead "A World to Win", really should
know better than to address London Freelance Branch without a tape recorder.
Difficult to know where his speech ends and misquotation begins. Let me just
correct one particularly misleading par:
This was damaging in two main areas, said Wiard.
Firstly, the twin giants and their satellites try to arm-wrestle
every photographer they deal with into signing all-rights-grabbing
contracts, or commission them on a work-for-hire basis which means
that, under American law at least, they never own copyright in their
Corbis and Getty most certainly do not seek to impose all-rights
contracts on every photographer. They seek to impose agency deals
on most which in most cases are less favourable to the photographer than
those they replace. Getty is now trying to get all rights to an
increasing share of the photographs they distribute by commissioning
some photographers on work-for-hire contracts. Whether these
photographers work in America or the UK, the effect is the same -
they lose all rights.
Can't believe everything you read in the papers. But we at least
should try to get it right.