January 29, 2013 5 Comments
I have a long-standing gripe with the increasing use of the following clause in standard contracts:
grant [insert organisation] a non-exclusive, royalty free, world-wide, irrevocable license to use your name and/or image in any form or media format for the purpose of marketing and promotional activities;
I do not want to grant organisations non-exclusive, royalty free, world-wide, irrevocable license to use my name and/or image in any form or media format, especially before I have had the opportunity to review, accept or veto how my name and image are to be used.
Why am I griping about this now? Because I went to join up to a local soccer club. You know, local, a bunch of local lasses, in my case unskilled, running around a field chasing after a ball. No glory, not really marketing material. Part of that process is registering as a player with Football Federation Australia. And apparently, a part of that process is signing away my rights to my name and image.
There are three parts to this:
- I’m applying to be a player at the lowest possible level of football. I don’t believe that there is any need for marketing my name or my image so why should I have to sign my rights away?
- I don’t want to be treated like a commodity in every aspect of my life. I love football, I want to play football and I want to play football with other people. Is it no longer possible to do this without signing away my name and image for commercial purposes?
- I’m just a local citizen, playing a local game. I kinda wish I was entitled to some degree of privacy and for people to ask first and specify exactly how my name and image is to be used for all time on a case by case basis, not just a blanket, generic clause “for advertising and marketing material.”
Here I was ready to pay my $340 for the winter season, excited to play football again and now I’m seriously questioning why I should agree to the registration form. If I sign the form (it’s the only way I know of to play competitive football locally) then I’m just one more commodity kicking a ball. And that makes me sad.