Your photo on a corporate website?

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Bike_Maverick
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:34PM

So, my company decided to take pictures of every employee and put them on their website in about section. They may be sending our info and photos to prospective clients.


Question. Can I call BS on that on the grounds that they are not gathering model releases, OR is this something on entirely different law level since there are employer / employee relationships involved?


Just in case, this is software industry, not modeling
inhauscreative
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:20PM
Model Releases are used for the re-selling of images with said models likeness. The company isn't selling the images, it's for a directory of the employees for said company.
Bike_Maverick
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:37PM

On a public website though. Which basically means free distribution because it's on the internet without any watermarks.


Shouldn't I have a say in whether my picture goes on a public website or not?
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:05PM
You can just talk to your employer, but the fact that you as an employee of the company, they can put your image up when talking about their employees...also, really doubt people are "stealing" images of employees for commercial gain
Bike_Maverick
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:15PM

I know they don't


I just really don't want to be up there. And something tells me "please" won't work, so I was wondering if there is are some legal words I could throw at them (politely)
Willowpix
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:57PM

You could try "I quit"...


OK. Just kidding. But I agree with Dieter - I don't think there is much you can do. And I suspect threatening throwing legal words at your employer is probably not the best tactic to ensure longevity there... Just my two cents of course.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 1:23AM
^ I agree with Ted. It would be like threatening your photo agent with a law suit.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 4:23AM
I guess you could ask that you get final approval of any images chosen of you, or ask to be able to post process the shots that feature you.
Willowpix
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 10:34AM
Posted By Whiteway:
^ I agree with Ted. It would be like threatening your photo agent with a law suit.

Funny. Except I can't decide whether this is wry or droll.....
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 9:15PM
Posted By Bike_Maverick:

So, my company decided to take pictures of every employee and put them on their website in about section. They may be sending our info and photos to prospective clients.


Question. Can I call BS on that on the grounds that they are not gathering model releases, OR is this something on entirely different law level since there are employer / employee relationships involved?


Just in case, this is software industry, not modeling biggrin


Is this conventional in you type of work? If so, then you should have expected it. If not, then I think its perfectly reasonable to say to  your employer that  you're not comfortable having your photo out there. But if you do that, I'd make sure your social media presence doesn't conflict with that statement. 


And if nothing else seems like an option, you can just tell your employer you've got a stalker and need to be as difficult to find as possible or have changed your appearance since this person last saw you or whatever.
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