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Lady Gaga Upsets Photographers with Concert Demands

Lady Gaga – Lady Gaga Upsets Photographers With Concert Demands

Gaga has requested that concert photographers (that is, the people who are being paid to photograph her concerts) sign a release form before being allowed to shoot her shows. This release form would relinquish the photographer’s copyrights in the photos they take and assign them to Gaga.

Generally, photographers own the copyrights to the pictures they take, and thus retain the rights of distribution and publication. One of Gaga’s releases—she apparently has two of them—requires them to assign the copyright to her, and thus give her the rights over all of their images.

So what’s the problem? Some would argue that the subject of a photo should be able to control how their image is used. However, I think the primary issue is summed up in the article: “The people who get paid $125 to hang out for four hours at a concert have to sign this release. So on top of getting paid very little, they have no ongoing revenue stream from these photos whatsoever.”

In many cases, these photographers’ work is their livelihood. They use expensive equipment and have a specialized expertise and knowledge that allows them to take the best pictures possible in any given environment. Forcing them to relinquish the rights to their work—especially work like this, which could be licensed for Gaga’s promotional materials or sold—would hurt their abilities to make a living, because they wouldn’t be able to get royalties or fees from licensing. They also wouldn’t get the attention that would come with having their name attached to a picture of Gaga that shows up in a magazine or news blog, so there’s a reputation element, too. (On the other hand, if their names are still attached to the photograph, and Gaga’s team undertakes some horrendous editing techniques, that could hurt the photog’s reputation if people don’t know that Gaga is controlling the look of those pictures.)

Gaga always struck me as someone who promoted and appreciated artists—her whole persona is something of a performance art piece, and she always hails individuality. I can only imagine that this move is an effort to further control her ever-changing image; that’s the only justification I can think of to explain this strategy, which might hurt some up-and-coming photographers who don’t have the power to negotiate to retain their copyrights.

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How-To: DIY Lady Gaga costume

According to my blog stats, a lot of people want to make Lady Gaga costumes, and a lot of you are finding your way here because I made my disco bra and talked about making my Gaga costume. I haven’t blogged in nearly a month, and it’s October, which makes this post a little Halloweeny, I guess.

Okay. Before I get down to the specifics for Gaga, here are some basic tips applicable to any costuming project:

1. Set a budget. Costuming is my hobby, and therefore, I spend a significant amount of money on my costumes. But not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume that they’ll only wear once, even though most adult Halloween costumes that I’ve seen cost around $30-$50. But anyways. Set a budget and stick to it. I know people who have found amazing costume pieces at Goodwill. And raid your own closet–you might find something that you can use. (For example, I’m going to be Abby from NCIS for Halloween, and I already had a t-shirt, boots, and all the accessories. I just had to buy a lab coat and a skirt.)

2. Do some research. Looking for screencaps and pictures of your costume from multiple angles will help you plan it out. Once you have some pictures, break your costume down into pieces. It’ll create a road map to help with construction and make the entire process less intimidating. Looking for tutorials or forums where you can ask questions is also helpful—others may have had some spectacular mishaps that you can learn from, and general how-tos can help you save time (and money!)

3. Make a plan. Do you want your costume to be totally accurate? Do you want to put your own spin on a costume or do an “inspired by”/femme/male version of a particular look? Write or sketch it out. I have a sketch book that I use to make lists and draw stuff out. (I’ve been meaning to print out screencaps and glue them in so that I can make notes directly onto an image, but I haven’t done that yet.)

Okay, onto Gaga.

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2010 Costume List

My friend Hofmann posted a list of the costumes he wants to do this year, and it inspired me to post something similar. I originally posted this in my LJ, but why not post it here. It lightens up the place a little to get away from political issues sometimes. 😉

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