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Unread postby TomBJ » 23 December 2021, 09:13

I was stationed in Europe from 2017 to 2020 (I'm in the US army) and in that period I some very explicit gay/adult work for a small local company which had an interest in American guys, for pay, but also because this idea had been a turn on for me since I was a teen. I got there thru a gay friend.

What I didn't realize was that all copyrights could be sold to an other adult website, I don't own them, I signed a contract.

Now a different (big name) company is marketing it very actively and shares much of the material for free, so no pay wall. I'm back in the US now and I compete pretty succesfully in sports, and I'm afraid this will become an issue.

Is there anything that can be done about something like this? Am I overconcerned?
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Re: regret explicit material

Unread postby PopTart » 23 December 2021, 16:06

I'd suggest seeking out actual legal advice on this issue. Having a copy of your contract would help you there. A lawyer can tell you what rights you have over the material and distribution in which you feature.

Chances are, however, that it's going to be hard to put the cat back in the bag, so to speak. Copies are likely to exist beyond the control of the current copyright holder.

You may be faced with a difficult situation, in which there is little you can do or there may be some legal recourse, but it's likely to draw as much attention, maybe more so, than doing nothing.

It might be worth trying to accept that the material is out there, be upfront in the event of sponsorships and should you become a famed sportsperson, just laugh it off as the folly of youth.

But speak to legal advice for sure.
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Re: regret explicit material

Unread postby pozzie » 23 December 2021, 19:58

Yeah, there might be some sort of exit clause or a good lawyer might be able to develop and exit strategy but otherwise, it's pretty hard to control something like this after the fact. The only thing I can add is, if and when you have management (like an agent), then it's probably worth talking about it with that person. Same with a publicist though I guess one could easily say "Don't need to know ... yet," or just as likely, "Why the fuck are you only telling me this NOW!?" But I have to think that people in the business have some experience with this - be it contractual or sexting - it's pretty much a fact of modern life. Another possibility is just owning it though I've no idea how that would actually play out in a sponsorship or team setting - probably better discussed on pro/semi forum. Of course there's a difference between posing for nude pix and doing porn though I've no idea how one 'deals' with either in a modern business setting and a sponsor like Cracker Barrel is going to react a whole lot differently than Absolut vodka.
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