Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Coffee, Tea, or Him?

I don't like litigiousness as a general rule, but this story is awesome.


Rex said...

Try to find Taster's choice on the Nestle website (http://www.nestle.com/Our_Brands/Our+Brands.htm).

It's only a drop-down choice with no webpage.

Kathleen Nelson said...

As someone who used to model in the past, I'm highly suspicious of this one. While the guy undoubtedly has the right to be paid for his image if it was used without permission, I have a hard time believing he didn't sign a consent form at the shoot. Every single time I posed for an advertisement---even for commercials where I was only paid a buck for my services---my mom had to give permission to use my image as I was under 18. This meant signing forms before any shooting could be done. The only time this wasn't the case, the papers arrived the very next day by mail. It's the standard, particularly since most models won't get their check unless they sign off. Now, I wasn't represented by an agency, so I don't know how that's done, but still, even with another layer of administration to make sure? They make you sign these papers precisely for the reason so that they don't have to fight off a suit like this. Something just doesn't smell right.

I have a hard time believing that a top flight company such as Nestle, with a huge advertising budget, would hire an ad agency who would hire a model and not get them to sign off. It simply doesn't work that way.