James recently asked the following question about the Zillow Certified Photographer agreement:
You've covered Zillow topics before and I actually got the idea to pursue their "Zillow Certified Photographer" status from PFRE. After shooting the required number of walk-through videos, I've been granted that "privilege" of being a Zillow Certified Photographer but the agreement they're asking me to sign has me a little concerned. Under "License to images", it states:
"Participant hereby grants Zillow a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to reproduce, display, distribute, publicly perform and sublicense all images. Participant further grants Zillow the non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual right to use participants name, likeness, image, voice and/or appearance (collectively, "Participant's Likeness") to the extent such Participant's Likeness is embodied in an image."
My contact at Zillow says that I would simply be agreeing to the right for them to display my images, but not being a lawyer, I'm suspicious. What are readers thoughts on this?
Yes, from a photographers point of view this seems a little excessive for giving them the right to display your images but this is similar to most social media agreements. They make it extreme to cover everything, and make it simple for them to enforce. I think you have to decide if being Zillow Certified is worth giving away all your rights. Apparently, being Zillow Certified does generate a lot of business.