Do any of you work with this charity? For anyone who doesn't know, they basically connect military families who's military member is about to deploy with a photographer prior to deployment. It seems like a great charity and one that hits home for me as I'm an active duty member myself.
My biggest question is with their release that they require photographers to sign. It basically says that the Photographer grants them an unlimited, irrevocable, royalty-free, right and license to use any and all photographs...and any and all copyrights therein, produced, created, taken, made, or shot by the Photographer.
Ok, so I get the license part. It makes sense, considering the type of charity they are and their mission, that I would sign them over a license to use the photos. The part that kind of gets me is the second part that signs all copyrights to them as well. Well, as soon as I do that those photographs are no longer mine. Yet on their website they state that the photographer maintains the copyright to the photos they shoot. They contradict themselves, don't they? And in this case i would figure that what I sign trumps what they claim on their site.
The release goes on further to say that it includes, but is not limited to, the right to sell, and to sublicense, the "Licensed Work" to others. Additionally, the photographer waives all rights to royalties and compensastions arising from or relating to the "Licensed Work".
....So they can sell or license my photographs to ANYONE, or any entitity, in the world and I don't make a dime? Ok, they're a charity- I get it. But they can turn around and make a profit on my photographs and I can't do a thing about it?
As much as I want to support their mission, I'm having a few second thoughts about this. They sent me an email approving my work but just need my signed release before they start connecting military families with me.
If you work with HeartsApart.org I'd really like to get your take on it. Even if you don't....what do you think of their release? Thanks.