Musos’ managers’ mania muted

The latest tale of musicians' managements trying to impose silly contracts on photographers involves a Stephen Seagal gig, with conditions that pictures could be used once only and a demand for a $1 million indemnity against breach.

But talks with the industry and the Musicians' Union reveal that only about 4 per cent of artists make photographers sign contracts, and only half of these contracts are objectionable.

It looks as though the boycotts are warding off the worst (see for example the case of Dolly Parton). Talks continue.