Here is what Sharkey sent me:
Yes, I am freelance, but the AMF/Miss Geico Team had asked me to come shoot for them.
Knowing how SBI can be, I decided to ask what I needed to do to be legal to shoot the event. I was told it would cost me $1,000 paid to SBI and that I would have to give SBI a copy of everything I shot as well as sign their contract in which gives them copyrights to the images. Unfortunately they didn't have their contracts on hand, so they have to get one out to me.
I don't see giving up my ownership of my work, so I need to see exactly what their contract states. Also, there is no way in hell I can make up that $1,000 when I may have only shot 8 or 10 boats. I suggested that if they were to get copies of the images, then I felt it was only fair they waive the fee. They said no. I got a verbal ok to put them on the net so as long as I wasn't selling them. And you wonder why I was the only photographer there in a chopper shooting their event.... ?
I seriously don't understand why they chase everyone away...
If some how they end up waiving the fee or someone else picks up the tab, then the pics may be made available.
For now, they will have to stay with my copyright watermark on them as I look into what legal rights a promotor has to an event held out in the open waters...
If you head to Key West, just be aware they are looking for photographers selling the images so that they can claim a lawsuit against them. That is what the $1000 goes towards, so I was told by *.