This one goes out to all my fellow bloggers.
A little while back, my friend Candice attended the Cintron Pink Polo and was met with a nasty surprise at the door – a sign informing her that, upon entering, any photographs she posted on social media would belong to the PR and that they could use her intellectual property as they wished.
There are a zillion reasons as to why that’s every level of wrong and Candice has done a great job of rolling them out on her blog, A Gorgeous Life. If you’re a blogger or a PR, get clicky clicky over here. Her post’s an absolute must-read.
Sadly, this event isn’t alone in it’s unethical treatment of bloggers (and attendees in general) and Candice’s post, as well as the comments section, serve up a few tips on how you can protect yourself from being taken advantage of.
Aside from reading her post, I’d like to encourage you to share it on social media as well as to add your voice to her comments section. Also, if you ever end up at an event where you’re faced with such a sign I’d encourage you to leave and then explain to the PR via an e-mail as to why. I know that, if this ever happens to me, I’ll be doing exactly that.