The serious side of Paris Hilton

GOOD news for snappers to take a look at… there’s been what looks like a welcome victory in the High Court for talented photographer Tyson Sadlo, who successfully argued that just helping to set up a shot or a scene for a photo-shoot does not lead to joint copyright over the end product.

Mr Sadlo had been brought in by company Oxygen 8 for a photo shoot at studio here in Camden Town, specifically to take pictures of Karren Brady, of The Apprentice and West Ham United fame.

The final judgement says the pictures had been meant for Today’s Business Woman, but then also popped up the BUPA Health magazine – at which point the photographer objected and the legal proceedings began.

There’s lots to mull over in the final verdict and photographers have been warned in the wake of the case to have all agreements spelt out in contracts before beginning work.

Aside from all of that, reading through the judgement you not only realise that Mr Sadlo was standing up for the rights of togs everywhere, but you also realise his talent at tackling a fairly hefty assignment. As reprinted in the judgement, this was what was asked of him:

“Cover shot – a smart and professional portrait shot of Karren in a business-like but approachable pose. Please allow plenty of space around her for cover lines and the masthead.

Inside pages – mostly portrait shots ranging from one more serious business pose as a link to her judging role in The Apprentice (perhaps similar to your Paris Hilton shot) through to more relaxed shots, such as looking off camera laughing. Perhaps we could also try Karren sitting on the sofa with a laptop or cup of tea, or marking up a business contract.”

The bitchiest readers would snark that being asked to take a ‘serious business pose’ and something similar to Paris Hilton in the same sweep is a daunting task for any photographer.



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