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Re: Status of the picture book



I'm coming into this a bit late, but I couldn't help but wonder if there was any discussion with Red Hat legal concerning inserting a choice of law and choice of forum clause in the Model and Contribution release. By adding these clauses, the signee would agree to litigate the issue by the specified law (New York, Delaware, etc.) and location (presumably most easily accessible for Red Hat/Fedora legal department). I would be happy to whip something together and pass it along. (Disclosure: I am an attorney licensed to practice in Michigan).

--Mike
On Feb 27, 2009, at 10:44 AM, Paul W. Frields wrote:

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 04:38:41PM -0500, Tom spot Callaway wrote:
On 2009-02-26 at 14:13:36 -0500, William Cattey <wdc MIT EDU> wrote:
I agree with Chuck.

Although I was easily able to sign the model release I received at
FudCon because it was releasing the image I gave, the Red Hat lawyers
seem to want perpetual license to use all aspects of my likeness for
marketing purposes, and MIT, my employer will not permit that.

MIT does not get involved in the marketing of products, and if my face
and title were used in certain contexts, it would conflict with my
employer's strictures on MIT marketing.

These are very valid points. Red Hat Legal was able to quickly turn
around a new version of this document for us, please look at:

http://spot.fedorapeople.org/Model%20and%20Contribution%20Release%20rev1.pdf

It is no longer an "exclusive" agreement, and it is now bounded to the
Fedora Picture Book only.

Please let me know if there are any additional concerns, Red Hat is more
than willing to work with our needs here.

Thanks for shepherding this along, Spot.

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