Currys in shock photo rights U-turn
May 28, 2008
In a dramatic move Currys has bowed to pressure from irate photographers and acknowledged rights over images entered into its nationwide photo competition.
AP contacted the electrical retailer last week after complaints from readers that the terms represented a ?rights grab?.
The rules suggested that the high-street chain had the right to publish entries in any way it likes without seeking the photographer?s consent. Picture use was not limited to use in connection with the photo competition.
The terms stated: ?You grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free licence to publish or otherwise use the Material in any way, for any purpose and at any time we want.?
At first, Currys steadfastly refused to change the wording of the rules. But in a shock U-turn, in response to the protests, the store has now changed the terms to state that images will only be used in connection with the contest.
The Our Lives competition challenges entrants to ?capture a snapshot of British life?, and will be judged by TV presenter Lisa Snowdon.
The terms now read: ?To clarify, your submission will not be used for any purpose other than in connection with the competition, e.g. for use in the finalists gallery or as part of our tie-in with the Guardian Weekend feature or online page which supports the Our Lives competition.?