We hebben al de verhalen gehoord van reporters die een fototoestel moeten meenemen en zelf foto’s maken; nu is er een groep die zowat alle rechten van de fotograaf op haar of zijn werk wilt wegnemen.
““By wanting to have all copyrights and similar rights of use to photographs, the Ganske Publishing Group is depriving photographers of their rights in an unprecedented fashion” says Lutz Fischmann in commenting on the approach being adopted by the management of the publishing house. He is the general manager of FREELENS, the association of photojournalists comprising more than 1800 members. Should photographers sign the agreement, they will be left with absolutely nothing – not even the possibility of marketing their works later in the form of archive photographs. This is because the contractual clauses are intended to secure free-of-charge use in all print and online objects of the publishing house. This would make untold publications possible for many years, in return for only a modest work fee that merely covers single, non-recurring use. “This is a sell-out at the expense of the photographers,” says Lutz Fischmann.”