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AFP asked to revise "exploitative" contracts

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8 July 2016

Agence France Presse (AFP) is demanding its photographic stringers across the globe, in offices outside of France, sign unacceptable contracts which include the full assignment of their authors’ rights without any additional remuneration.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called for an immediate revision of these contracts and is advising photographers not to sign them as they stand.

The standard contract requires photographers to sign a global, irrevocable, perpetual licence to use their photos and videos on any medium, in any language, in any form including in any future products.

The IFJ is concerned that AFP is seeking to justify this new practice by claiming the salary paid to photographers also covers the authors’ rights transfer, while these are currently two distinct payments.

Philippe Leruth, IFJ president, said:

"We ask AFP to immediately review its terms of exploitation of photographic works and strongly encourage photographers not to sign any contract with AFP or any other media that does not provide."

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