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How newspapers are protesting Foo Fighters ‘exploitative’ Photo Policy

Recently there’s been a lot of good press about the Foo Fighters’ ongoing tour, but there’s one story coming from a French Magazine that’s shining a bit of a different light.

Similar to Taylor Swift’s recent controversy, photographers shooting a FF show are forced to sign a contract that surrenders ownership of their materials over to the band immediately after the release of their initial publication, as well the band gets the rights to approve or disapprove of any photos used in it. Then, as the Washington City Paper initially pointed out, “the right to exploit all or a part of the Photos in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, in all configurations”, with no payment required to go back to photographer.

That’s why the French Magazine La Soliel sent Francis Desharnais, an illustrator in protest of the band’s conditions rather than a photographer to Quebec city show. The result was the following image:

Are these conditions fair? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

(Main illustration courtesy of Lauren Heneghan of the Washington City Paper)

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