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Photographers boycott Roses gigs over contract row

June 28, 2012

Photographers will boycott this weekend’s Stone Roses reunion concerts in Heaton Park, Manchester this weekend over a dispute related to the use of the band’s image.

The photographers that were meant to cover the gigs continue to claim that a contract issued directly by the band is completely unfair as it demands they surrender all the rights to the pictures they have taken. Backing the action, the National Union of Journalists has voiced its support of the boycott.

A spokesman representing the band denied that there was any boycott planned and said that a full quota of professional photographers will be taking pictures at each one of the gigs. All in all, the Stone Roses will perform three concerts at Heaton Park in Manchester from tomorrow onwards.

It has been claimed that any photographers covering a gig would have to sign a contract seeing the Stone Roses pay just £1 to own the rights to any pictures taken. The contract also stated that the images would be used across merchandise without so much as a credit to the photographers.

While an improved contract was produced at the start of the week, it too was rejected by photographers. Ian Titlton, a photographer who has been encouraging his colleagues to participate in the boycott, has taken photos of the Stone Roses on numerous occasions. He has commented that the band is being unreasonable by expecting photographers to fully surrender their copyright, which would mean that pictures may only be sold to and used in a magazine which has commissioned them.

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