Shortly after Taylor Swift criticised Apple for its contractual affairs, she was accused of hypocrisy for a contract that seemed to be rights-grabbing for photos shot at her concerts. Now the Foo Fighters are being criticised for the same thing. In an article explaining why the Washington Post wouldn’t be shooting the band’s 20th anniversary gig in its city, Steve Cavendish explained the contract provided.
“If we signed it, we would have agreed to: the band approving the photos which run in the City Paper; only running the photos once and with only one article; and all copyrights would transfer to the band. Then, here’s the fun part, the band would have ‘the right to exploit all or a part of the Photos in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, in all configurations’ without any approval or payment or consideration for the photographer,” he wrote. “That is exploitation of photographers, pure and simple… But beyond that, we at the City Paper would be signing over editorial control to the band and their management company. And unless we get to pick the set list, that’s never going to happen.”