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'Greedy' Robbie Williams caught in photo rights-grab backlash - Photographers refused to photograph the singer after being made to sign away their copyright for any images taken.
Eminent music photographer, Danny Clifford has posted an account of his experience on his blog.
In his blog he explains, "I read the contract and then rubbed my eyes and read it again.. It said that Robbie Williams was giving me the opportunity to photograph his show, but, wait for it, he would own the copyright of all of my images.. I couldn't even have the right to display the photos on my website of in my portfolio, as Robbie Williams would own the photos...."
"...any reputable music photographers wouldn't sign the contract and therefore wouldn't shoot the show."
Danny, who has been photographing musicians since 1988, explains the consequences, "the result would be, that there wouldn't be the normally plentiful great photos of Robbie out there for magazines and newspapers to use. So, no doubt the quality will slip, therefore, good old Robbie wont look as good... If that contract stays in place I will not be photographing Robbie ever again.. I would advise any photographers going to photograph him at any venues, don't sign away your copyright.. It is utter madness.."
Two German newspapers refused to take pictures at Robbie Williams' Dresden concert, instead leaving a blank space where the photo should have been.
The European Federation of journalists has urged its members to boycott Robbie Williams concerts and other events where photographers are subjected to unfair restrictions.