But there’s more. Kera says that Missy Suicide invited her back to the site if she would sign an “updated Model Release form.” Kera decided that the agreement effectively committed her to “indentured servitude.” For one, it “basically amounts to a four-year contract at the very minimum.” (She says it automatically renews for a second year and then stipulates that SG models can’t work for competitors for another two years.) Plus, “in the original contract [I signed], [SuicideGirls] buy the universal and exclusive rights to the photos for its own use. In this contract, it’s not just the photos, but it’s also the right to resell to other third-party individual for whatever use that they want.” The contract also buys “perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free” rights to each model’s “name,” “persona,” “autograph,” “voice,” “biographical or historical information,” and “body art and tattoos.” Kera opted not to re-sign. “I don’t want to sell my personality.”
Reached by phone, SuicideGirls marketing and publicity arm Alexis Haase said simply, “We have no comment.” On everything? “Yup.” And she hung up.
To echo “Sicily,” a/k/a Jennifer Caravella, a SuicideGirl who angrily left the site last fall and was quoted last October in the Phoenix, “There’s nothing punk rock about that Web site.”
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