Perhaps some of you have read about this. It's pretty big news in my circles.
In short, for promotion and broadcast of the new show, "Heroes of Cosplay**," NBC/SyFy used MANY photographers' photos without the appropriate licensing and permission. BGZ Studios is taking them to task, publicly. As expected, the network is trying to dodge the bullet in a variety of ways.
In the latest updates, the network is claiming that the images are a collaborative work between the photographer and the model, therefore the model and photographer share joint ownership of the copyright, therefore the model is able to grant a usage license to the network. (of course, this doesn't address the fact that many of the images were used without the knowledge or consent of either the model OR the photographer)
I'm hoping they'll just pay the license. I'm expecting that once someone at the network with a smidge of real IP law expertise gets their hands on it, they'll offer to pay the license along with a wad of hush money to stop bashing them. I hope he takes the license fees but not the hush money, and continues to make all the proceedings and outcomes quite public.
I'm a little concerned that the photographer is using (and defacing) the studio's logos. Doesn't the studio own those logos? Would the photographer's use of those logos considered to be fair use, or derivative works? I don't know.
** Personal note: For those unfamiliar with the cosplay/costuming community, please don't take your impressions from this show. It's generally regarded as terrible; it's manufactured "reality" TV that's edited for the sake of drama, and it does a very poor job of representing the cosplay community.