About awkward copyright releases

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Sun Jul 25 09:53:30 EDT 2010

From: Bob Sullivan
> This stuff has been a problem for a long time.
> I'm a fan of the Chicago Bears Football team.
> At an outdoor art fair, I found a bunch of 1960's photos of Chicago
> Bear players.
> I bought several and talked to the old guy selling them.
> He turned out to be the photographer.
> George Halas, the team owner/coach/a founder of the league had hired
> him to take photos.
> Halas gave him a sidelines pass to the games, and then would review his photos.
> Halas then bought only copies of the photos he liked for the club to use.
> The photographer showed me a cover photo of Gale Sayers that appeared
> on the programs.
> Halas had a reputation as a tight fisted business man,
> but he out foxed himself in this case.
> He never bought the rights to the pictures or the negatives.
> I doubt he had the money (free cash flow) and was cutting costs.
> So this photographer had the photos and reproduction rights to some
> Hall of Fame shots.
> Stuff like Mike Ditka blocking for Gail Sayers, or
> Vince Lombardi, Bart Star, and Paul Horning talking over the next play
> against the Bears.
> Sometimes the photographer wins...

That was then ... now it seems like only the lawyers win.

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