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sspellman

Junior Member
What is the name of your state?Michigan

I and other media photographers often have to sign photo release contracts when we photograph major music artists in concert. These contracts typically limit usage to specific media sources, and other restrictions as a condition for permission to photograph the artist. Another photographer routinely fills in a fake name and signature and therfore insists he is not bound by the contract. True?
 


divgradcurl

Senior Member
Another photographer routinely fills in a fake name and signature and therfore insists he is not bound by the contract. True?
That may be the case -- but if it is, it also means that he is taking pictures without permission, so it's not like he's found a "loophole" to get out from under the contract restrictions. Besides, it's more likely that a court would give him a choice, if it ever came up in court -- agree to abide by the contract, or admit that he committed fraud. Since you can get jail time for fraud, the practical effect is that he is most likely bound by the agreement, no matter what name he signs.
 

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