IanDavidson Posted July 14, 2019 Share Posted July 14, 2019 I have been attending a small music festival over the weekend. I could not get press accreditation, nor did any other photographer (more on this later). The conditions of entry to the gig was that photos could not be taken for commercial use. So I went with my family took my camera just for social media pics and a bit of practice. All fine, took lots of pictures; no problem. But, part way through a headliner act (who will remain nameless) a security guard rushed up to me shouting and telling me and another tog we could not take pictures and threatened to take my camera (not legal methinks my lord) he then pushed me out of the crowd. I made some discreet enquiries and it turns out that the headline artist insists on maintaining control of images and must approve all published images. I have had some allegations that not only does the artist control the images but the organisers/promoters are under a contractual obligation not to reveal that this control is in place and this is why no accreditation was given to photographers for the gig. This reminds me of an incident from my past. I was put under a High Court "super injunction" where I had to obey the terms of the injunction but also to reveal the existence of the injunction was in itself a breach of the court order! Thus as a photographer I am supposed to obey rules that I do not know exist. I guess no one said it was going to be easy... On a similar note, there has been much discussion in the UK over press freedom; but the same government departments, political parties and politicians make it very difficult if not impossible for freelancers to cover news events; pots and kettles spring to mind. I guess no one said it was going to be easy (repetition for effect) 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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