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Photographers and Models Scrapping Again Over Usage Rights

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It’s happened again: a photographer is battling publicly with a glamorous model over usage rights.

In the latest round, photographer Dimitri Halkidis [2] plans to sue former Playboy Playmate (and current reality show star) Shannon Tweed, who included pictures of herself taken by Halkidis in her 2006 biography without compensating him.

“I am shocked,” Halkidis said of Tweed’s oversight.

He shouldn’t be. Lately it seems that models and starlets believe that, simply by virtue of being in the picture, they control the image rights.

For example:

Models, take note: if you want to control the use of your images, just being in the picture is not enough. It has to be in the contract [6].

[tags]usage rights, model releases, Shannon Tweed, Jessica Alba, Lara Bingle, Veronica Varekova, Playboy[/tags]

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