Photographers who attended Williams' performance at Milton Keynes bowl,
refused to shoot the star after being presented with a contract to
sign, which hands copyright of the images to Robbie Williams for use on
his merchandise and promotional material. The contract was so strict,
photographers shooting the performance would not even be able to use
the images on their own website.
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
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
The European Federation of journalists has urged its members to boycott
Robbie Williams concerts and other events where photographers are
subjected to unfair restrictions.