Ok...this seems to come up more than I'd like it..
I was contacted by a model who I have worked with who told me that a "magazine" contacted her regarding pictures that I took of her.
They want to sell them from their website and split the profits 70-30%...the model gets 70% and they get 30%.
My name appears boldly on the pictures in question along with this little thingy: ¬©
After reading the e-mails this "Founder" of the magazine sent to the model, I noticed that he makes absolutely no acknowledgment of me, the photographer, or the person who's name appears on every one of those pictures.
The model signed a release to me.
The pictures are registered by the Library of Congress.
Apparently that doesn't matter to the publisher, because he sends her a licensing agreement for 1 year to hold them harmless to use the pictures for the sale of the posters, but doesn't limit that usage to that specific purpose.. (I read the contract).. So far, she hasn't signed it..(as far as I know)..
Ok.........now I am not coming here to wine about some happening here,..... I am asking the forum, which consists of several professional photographers & models who deal in the glamour industry their opinions on my question here:
How do you feel about publishers who do this?
I have a question for the forum too:
Is it common practice to go around the photographers in order to get pictures published in their magazines?
The reason why I am asking this, is because this is exactly what happend with a certain "Mens Magazine" in the past who's owner went to jail for something or another.. I have delt with several similar situations like this in the past as well,.......Oh,....and before I forget,... The images in question are not what I'd call "titillating" by any means...and I wonder what commercial value they would even have in a "mens magazine"..in the first place..? Well,...so far I haven't heard from the publisher / founder yet,... He has my contact info....all he has to do is search my name on google.com and he'll run across me one way or another..but hasn't contacted me yet,... OR,...he could have contacted me through the model as well.. but so far, as I said,..he has made no mention of me to her..