(Closed) Legal Question about Boudoir Pics

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I feel like this is the #1 reason why I would never do Boudoir pictures. My Darling Husband can see me that way every single day if he wanted to. Why does he need photos of me like that, or videos. Just seems unnecessary to me. And, if something should happen, your reputation could be tarnished b/c of said photos. 

Post # 4
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can make a contract with whatever you want to in it. You’d need an actual lawyer to help you get the wording right, for example the distinction between giving the property rights to the pictures for the recipient’s exclusive use vs. giving the property rights to the pictures for whatever use the recipient wants to apply. But if you’re worried that those photos might ever be used against you, you can certainly find a lawyer to draw one up and establish a set penalty for misuse.

As to “would I ask my SO to sign such a contract” personally I would not— not because I wouldn’t be concerned about those photos getting out, but rather due to the risk of the actual damage being far greater than whatever was in the contract.  If your boudoir photo costs you a job, for example, the lost earnings would be extremely hard to quantify, and having a signed contract wouldn’t protect you from an employer’s judgement.  By the time they’ve seen the photos, the damage is already done, as laywers say “you can’t un-ring the bell.”  So while I could enforce the contract and get my $5000 penalty or whatever, it’s not going to make the employer think twice about not hiring me.

Best rule of thumb: some things, you just have to take on faith. This is one of them. If you can’t give a gift like that on faith that the recipient won’t mis-use them, then maybe it’s not a gift you should be given.  It’s like giving a BB Gun to a teenager as a gift: some of them will be perfectly responsible with that kind of a gift, and others will shoot their little sister in the face for kicks; having a contract with stated penalty will be of small comfort if the potential misuse actually happens.

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