Intel Grabs Copyright?

Posted on 4/4/2019 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Some photographers attending the Intel press and analyst event on April 2, 2019 interpreted the following notice to all entrants as a move to grab the copyright of any photos the photographer might take.

    “Intel Corporation will be photographing and/or filming in this area. By entering this area, you irrevocably consent to and authorize Intel Corporation, its employees, agents, parent, affiliates, and their respective successors and assigns, the absolute and perpetual right and permission to take, use, modify, publish, reproduce, and illustrate any photograph, likeness, image, portrait or picture of you or otherwise record your image (“Photo(s)”), and to record and capture your voice by any means (“Recording(s)”), and the perpetual right to use and copyright any photo, recording, and any materials in which the same or form, in color of otherwise, throughout the world, in all media now know or hereafter invented.

    “You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you entering this area.

    “If you do not agree to the foregoing release, Please Do Not Enter This Area.”
Based on the first sentence it looks like all Intel intends to copyright are the photos, film and voice recordings that their staff photographers and filmmakers produce. However, it is not entirely clear. If that is the case, then photographers may not have a whole lot to fear.

On the other hand, reporters who attended the conference and may have asked questions, or made comments have by their attendance agreed that anything they had to say, “may be included in whole or in part, or in composite, distorted in character.”

It would seem that Intel could totally mis-characterize anything a conference attendee might have said and Intel could not be held liable in any way.

This is not a copyright issue, but a freedom of speech issue and the right to not have ones words characterized in a false and misleading way.

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