Sign this or go home: Concert photography agreements as restrictive image control devices

Extended abstract accepted for presentation at the virtual Annual ICA Conference, May 27-31, 2021.

Abstract: Photojournalists covering concerts are increasingly being asked to sign photo agreements in exchange for access to the venue. These agreements sometimes include restrictive terms that begin to limit editorial freedoms and copyright ownership of the images, which can be seen as a problematic form of image control. This study is the first to explore the details of these terms through a content analysis of 284 concert photography agreements.

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