A photographer`s service contract is a contract used by an artist or record label when he hires a photographer to take pictures of an artist used on the packaging of an audio product or other advertising purposes for the artist. A hospitality contract may seem like the Holy Grail, but record companies are not charitable concerns and their contracts are not established with your interests in mind. Our guide to the terms of the contract, written by an entertainment lawyer, explains what this means and what the effects are for the artist. There are several positions that the artist can take in terms of creative control. First, they can try to negotiate different degrees of creative control over each issue. They may also attempt to obtain a general right of consultation, in which the label must obtain the opinion before taking action, but may ultimately ignore their wishes. Finally, and by far the best result for the artist, they can try to negotiate a right of authorization. This would mean that the label could not make a creative decision without the artist`s permission. Note, however, that if the artist is abandoned by the record company or if his contract has expired, the label can make all possible creative decisions without the artist`s consent. Standard prints – or standard prints for record companies – include a 20 to 25 per cent deduction on CDs, a reduced licence rate for overseas sales, budget registrations and record clubs, a reduction in licensing fees for television albums and often no royalties for free products (discs given to retailers and media). Since you only get paid for licensed registrations, you need a cap on free goods, otherwise you`ll get into trouble. The white label agreement defines the scope and sets up the affiliate`s website. These include the length of time the affiliate page is set up, the layout, the tracking systems, and the limitations and permissions to load the content.
The white label agreement also identifies the specific licensing agreement to promote, promote and market that is used.