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Open letter to Time, Inc. regarding one-sided independent photographer contract

ASMP has joined forces with NPPA to draft a letter to Time, Inc. regarding the new contract that they are seeking to impose on photographers working for all their publications. We believe the contract is tremendously one-sided, inuring solely to the benefit of Time, Inc. and that it has fundamental defects that would prevent independent photographers from earning fair syndication and licensing fees, without any truly meaningful increase in their assignment day rate.

We have been supported in expressing our concerns by other organizations representing independent photographers including APA, DMLA, and PPA. We have asked Norman Pearlstine, the Chief Content Officer for Time, Inc. to reopen discussions with photographers currently working for Time, Inc. magazine properties to revise and create a new agreement that truly enables Time, Inc. to live up to the commitment of supporting photographers on its assignments to continue to make the “iconic images” that they claim to seek for publication.

Full text of letter is available here as a PDF.

Message From the Executive Director

© Stanley Leary

“I believe photographers are willing to work with Time Inc. to enable a new management system that would enable better tracking of assignments and to foster a consistent assignment approach across its properties. But it is essential that such an agreement not be done on the basis of an effort to unilaterally impose draconian contract terms that do not take into account the needs of photographers in their employment. I think it is far better to enter into discussions with photographers to produce a fair and mutually beneficial contract solution that also addresses Time Inc. business needs.”

  — Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director


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