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30 July 2009 @ 12:01 am
An e-mail I will be sending to IAAP International  
...as soon as I can get their fucking website to load so I can get the damn e-mail address I need.
Subject: EFAM 2009 "Smiling Faces" video and objection to being included

Mr. _____,

I am the short fat woman in the white blouse and blue-and-white flowered skirt filmed entering the Office Expo. I request -- in the strongest possible terms -- that I be edited OUT. I did not see the photographer who caught me on video, and I assure you that had I done so, I would have taken rapid steps to avoid his or her field.

This e-mail cannot begin to express how furious I am. I deeply resent the assumption that attending an event constitutes open permission to be photographed or filmed and to have one's image used however the photographer desires. I strongly recommend that IAAP consider offering EFAM participants the option to be photographed or not, ideally by adding a brightly colored "DO NOT TAKE MY PICTURE" ribbon to our badges. If that is impossible, then perhaps the photographers and videographers could be made more obvious and visible.

Janet D. Miles CPS/CAP
Member number _____
Knoxville Chapter, Tennessee Division, Southeast District

cc: Knoxville Chapter President



EFAM is "Educational Forum and Annual Meeting". I honestly have had a pretty damn good week, up until the moment I saw myself on film in front of the entire fucking convention. I damn near walked out of the banquet then and there. Now I'm so incredibly pissed off that I am seriously considering resigning my membership if they won't edit me out of the video. Even if they will, I have attended my last International event. I will not go through this again.

Judy, if it comes to that, I will finish the website and train someone to take over, and I will teach at least the fall CAP classes.
 
 
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The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on July 30th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Holy crap! I hate when that happens! Too right they should have asked first!
nightshade1972nightshade1972 on July 30th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
If you attend a convention I don't think it's all that unusual to expect you might be photographed. What's the problem? Why are you so "pissed off" and "furious"?
The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on July 30th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
At a pinch, I'd say this bit "up until the moment I saw myself on film in front of the entire fucking convention."

Candid photography is rarely flattering. Also, you have no idea where or control over where your image goes. Asking permission is not hard. Sure, lots of people film and take pics at conventions. But it's not a hard thing to ask first.

Photos taken of me once ended up in a BDSM zine in another city, captioned as someone else entirely. I had no idea that photos were being taken, and permissions were not asked. Cranky? you bet I was.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on July 30th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
If the video is going to be used as promotional material and/or sold to convention attendees (which, from the sound of it, seems likely), then they should DEFINITELY have gotten a release from every single person featured in it. Failing to do so (1) is unprofessional and (2) leaves them open to legal action.

Under the circumstances described, I'd be pretty angry too, and I don't have nearly the level of discomfort with being photographed that Janet does. It was a trashy thing for the convention to do.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 30th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
It's not sold to attendees, but it is used for promotion and will be shown at IAAP events repeatedly over the next year.

I'm pretty sure I didn't sign a release, including by default by purchasing an EFAM membership.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 31st, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
I'm not sure they have to do that in crowd scenes of people gathered in public places. You can't get permission from everyone in a line a ComicCon or a protest march before going on the evening news, for instance. If the material focuses on you or a small number of people, then it would probably need a release.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 31st, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
It's made up of snippets of video taken throughout the event. So, yeah, probably difficult to get releases from everyone, but I still think they ought to let us indicate that we don't want to be included in the final product.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 31st, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm just thinking that, legally speaking, pictures of crowd scenes depicting large numbers of people at an event probably don't need releases.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 31st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Legally, I believe you're correct. Which annoys me. (Not that you're correct, but that I am expected to give up any right to privacy when I step outside my door.)
Maggiesillymagpie on August 3rd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
It's a weird situation. I have no idea where the need for releases ends. I can't say I'm thrilled at being photographed or videotaped either, but gawdz help us, we live in a less and less private era.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 30th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I do not like having my picture taken. I particularly resent it being taken without my permission and used without my being asked.

Specifically, "I did not see the photographer who caught me on video, and I assure you that had I done so, I would have taken rapid steps to avoid his or her field."

and

"I deeply resent the assumption that attending an event constitutes open permission to be photographed or filmed and to have one's image used however the photographer desires."
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on July 30th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear of this, Janet. I hope they address the issue with dispatch and a heartfelt apology. Please be assured that nothing like that will happen here in Halifax in 2012...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 30th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your understand. Perhaps the HaliCallahaniCon could take a page from the alt.polycons and offer colored ribbons or stickers for things like, "Okay to photograph", "Do not photograph without asking", "Okay to hug" and "Please don't hug without asking"?
une idee fixeideealisme on July 30th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Ouch! Can you get them on the phone?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 30th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Possibly, if I can find the appropriate page in the directory. The website is coming up today, but the login page keeps coming back with " Server Error Either the Macromedia application server is unreachable or it does not have a mapping to process this request."

I guess I could call the main number and ask to be transferred.
piranha @ dreamwidthpir_anha on July 30th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
pictures without permission
it took long enough to get people in niche populations to be more aware of asking permission before filming, the mainstream is completely oblivious to it -- except for photographers who make a living from it and know they must have model releases.

most people react to it like that nightshade person up there, with raised eyebrows and "say what?".

*sigh*. sorry you have to go through this. i really wish the concept of data privacy in all its forms would gain some traction in mainstream society.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 31st, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: pictures without permission
They are professional photographers under contract to IAAP for the event. I have had the same conversation with the convention still photographer every year for four years at the banquet (not that I expect her to remember me, but I sure remember her). It goes something like this:

Her: *sets her stepladder next to the table and gets up on it*

Me: *gets up and steps away*

Her: Hey, wait, I'm taking your table's picture now.

Me: Right, and that's why I'm getting out of your way.

Her: You have to sit down for the photograph.

Me: No, I don't. I'll wait over here.

Her: But...

Someone else from my chapter: Just take the picture.

I fear that there may be something hidden somewhere in the very fine print that says attending constitutes a photographic release. If there is, I will be pissed.