3 comments on “National Geographic’s dodgy Terms and Conditions

  1. Basically, you’re selling them the image for the exposure. It’s like that with just about every photo contest. Out of the thousands of images you shoot, you have to decide which one you don’t mind trading for the opportunity. I don’t see it as such a big deal since everything I shoot I cover in various angles and such. I loose one in a series, and get the permanent international credit and resume listing. That’s business. Every time they use it you get your name in credit. Plus in addition, you do retain the right to continue to use it.

  2. Well that is the harsh truth of the matter.

    People are just seeking some glory of having their pictures featured via that route. Not many people understand or try to go through the terms and conditions.

    NG has been known to have this policy for ages now. Nothing new about it. SO avoid it like the plague. I do all the time.

  3. I think we should internationally declare as unlawful all of these unfair paragraphs starting “Upon accepting the Terms and Conditions I grant…” or “Upon opening the seal or package I accept the terms…” The juridical relevance of statements like these can be questioned – and should be challenged by as many of us as possible. And, finally, if there is nothing else to be done, let’s vote by walking away. In this case, let us not contribute anything to publications subscribing to these highly unquestionable legal fine prints. And let us draw our respective conclusions of their morality, as well.

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