Now, I know you may think that this is a strange topic to be added to this book, but I think that it is important enough to be talked about here.
If you are a photographer, you need to remember the "paperwork" of being a photographer. Things like record keeping: models releases, etc, needs to be important in your life. If you publish a photograph without a proper "Models Release", the model may end up owning you, and hence everything you own.
If you are looking to become a Professional Bondage Photo go to a high-end school. Talk with your potential customers. Ask them what type of photos they are looking for, along with what so you don't pay modeling fees for photos that will probably never be published. Unpublished photos mean a waste of time and money. Until a few years ago, most publishers would require anything submitted would have to be in the form of a 'film negatives' rather than in digital photos.
Become an intern to the photographer in the genre you wish to work in. You will learn a lot of tricks and gimmicks that the schools don't teach.
If someone says they are a professional photographer, ask to see samples of their work, and ask where the photos will be published. As a model, remember that when you sign a release, you are releasing ALL rights to those photos FOREVER, unless the release has information like limits where the photos will be published. You, as the model, can also put time limits in the release, such as this release is valid until a specific date, or only to be published in a specific magazine.
We have all seen pictures of someones ex-girlfriend or ex-wife. If you are a couple and take photos of your sessions, who will get possession of those photos after the divorce? Do you really want pictures of yourself in 'that position' showing up on the Internet sometime in the future? Prevention is so much better and easier than fighting on "Judge Judy" for the return of your personal photos.
A final word
Today, publishers and photographers alike must comply with TITLE 18: PART I: CHAPTER 110: §2257, commonly referred to as 2257. I have included it here for those people who might be interested in viewing it.
The Feds have been unable to define or outlaw pornography, so they have disguised it under the title of, "Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act (18 U.S.C. Section 2257 and 28 C.F.R. 75)"
By tying the two sections together, this would mean that anyone who might try to fight "Obscenity Enforcement" in a court of law must patently be against "Child Protection".
They have been unable to outlaw porn, so they take away the financial incentives by passing a law that the average person can not possibly interpret. (The only people who can interpret the law are the attorneys of a very large corporation, in which case they will attack YOU under the RICO laws.)
(For those of you who might be interested, I found a very interesting website that covers a lot of Intellectual Property Law.)
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