Would you submit your photos to CBS2.com?

Someone — who bought some prints from me and loves how my photography is growing — suggested I submit some of my photos to Josh Rubenstein’s ‘Photo of the Day.’ I read the submission guidelines and I’m unsure if you give the copyright over to them by sending them a photo.

From her point of view, I’m getting millions(?) of viewers on a local news station and their website. Also, they only require a 400×300 pixel image.

What do you think?

I’ll copy it here and maybe you can decipher if it’s cool or not.

By sending us your picture, you agree to the following:

You represent that you own all copyrights in the photograph.

You acknowledge that CBS may, at its sole discretion, publish or otherwise use any photograph submitted by you. Such publication or other use may occur on television, in books, in newspapers and magazines, on the Internet, and/or in or on any other medium of communication now or hereafter devised, and may be for advertising, promotion, the use of trade, and/or other commercial purposes. By submitting a photograph, you (and any other individual depicted in a photograph) consent to such publication or any other use.

As a condition of submitting your photograph, you (and any other individual depicted in a photograph) unconditionally and irrevocably waive all claims to compensation for use of the photograph, and/or any rights with respect to such use you may have under copyright law, the right to publicity, the right to privacy, the law of defamation, and any other common law or statutory claims under the laws of any jurisdiction.

You represent that you have been given the authority by each individual depicted in a photograph to bind such individual to these release terms.

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit a photo.

P.S. Josh, if you’re reading this, I’d love to get an elaboration on this!

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

10 thoughts on “Would you submit your photos to CBS2.com?”

  1. IMO, I wouldn’t do it and here are my reasons:
    After looking at a few of the photos, I didn’t see a single link to any of the photographers that have submitted photos.
    You will not get paid for this photo.
    You give them the right to use your photo in anything including TV, Newspaper, Advertisements and pretty much anything they feel like using the photo for.

    Basically, you are submitting a photo as an anonymous photographer…unless you add your name as a part of the photo in such a way that the photo will look incomplete if they tried to remove it.


  2. You can still do whatever you want with the photo. It’s still yours. What you are doing by submitting is granting them a royalty free license to do whatever the hell they want with it. But it’s still yours and you can still do whatever you want, too. It’s like selling stock except you didn’t get paid. 🙂


  3. …and in doing so, you give us the right to bend you over and have our way with you in perpetuity, and to any degree we see fit. Your consent to allow us to violate you in this manner shall in no way be contravened by constitutional protections afforded you by your country of citizenship.

    I think if the local CBS affiliate is looking for cheap content, they can darn well solicit in in a somewhat less duplicitous manner.

    My $0.02.


  4. I am the one taking in the photos…and I can tell you the only thing we are using the photos for is to show a pretty picture on television and create a little interactivity. I always put the name of the person who took the picture if they tell me. I can assure you our intentions are not to try and manipulate you into anything.


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