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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The photography rights story is significant - the Parisienne originally said that they did not want good quality pictures from the shows to be released soon after Paris FW, because low-cost competitors would copy their designs. If the court ruled against Firstview, even personal web sites would probably need to get permission from the rights owners to publish show pics.
Back in the late 90s, when the Wall Street bubble was still going strong, an Elite Paris bigwig told me (in a Moscow country club !!) that Elite had sold all rights for model photos, videos etc to a French multimedia company - and people should stop publishing ANY photos of any model signed with Elite !!! That was the pinnacle of the agency's greed and arrogance - a year later, they collapsed.

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