Arts Contracts and Language
So I’ve been seeing some talk lately about Simon and his contracts, particularly the part where the people signing can’t speak about him negatively “In perpetuity and throughout the universe.”
I debated whether it was worth pointing out or not, because I’m always game for rolling my eyes at anyone extremely egotistical, but unfortunately, that’s not the case in this situation. That language is extremely common. In fact, I occasionally work as a film producer and all of my contracts use that exact same language no matter how low budget the project may be.
It’s also very common for those contracts to also state that the producer (or I would assume label in this case) reserves the right to use photographic images or video footage however the producer (or label) sees fit, again “in perpetuity and throughout the universe.” Every time I look at my contracts, it makes me think that someday I’ll end up promoting a film I worked on in Mars. Maybe the boys will be there too! Obviously keeping their mouths shut about Simon.
So while there may or may not be many reasons to dislike the way Simon has handled things, unfortunately this is not one of them.