One Direction and contracts
P.s. I know this is a contract specifically for Britain’s Got Talent, but I don’t see the X Factor being much different. I also know that this video was made in 2017, and I don’t know how old the contract is so things could have been different, but I wanted to share for just the basics of how awful these contracts are and maybe make people realize why things behind the scenes seem so awful.
(NOTE: This is the contract that people HAVE TO SIGN before they get to audition in front of the judges)
This whole video is very informative and they do a great job of breaking it down for non-lawyers to understand but I am going to point out key moments of this video that are important in the 1D background.
3:49-5:36 If you make it through to the semi-finals, you may at some point be required to sign a deal with either SYCO, or Sony Music.
7:18 If you make it to the semi-finals, they ban you from releasing ANY content without their written consent. (THIS INCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA)
10:24 They can exploit your image however they want.
12:50 They can extend this license however, whatever and whenever they want. (!!!!!!)
14:34 You cannot talk to anyone in regards to SYCO, the company, or the program