This is being brought over from the Clayboard since it appears to be a valid warning. If you have any You Tube videos you do not want used for the E! True Hollywood upcoming story on Clay, please read below for instructions on how to avoid that. Also, be aware someone may contact you requesting your cooperation on this story. Again there is a strong warning on what might happen to your words. Of course we all know by now just how statements are abbreviated, twisted, and misconstrued sometimes in the press, so please read and use your own judgement.
This is the post from ellenpoppy at the ClackHouse.
As most people are aware, I work in the entertainment industry. I have written releases to be used in connection with obtaining rights from an individual, and I have reviewed many releases that have been written by others.
I am writing in caps, not to scream at anyone but to make sure that these points get seen and remembered. I hope no one is offended.
PLEASE BE AWARE AND MAKE OTHERS AWARE THAT ANY FANS WHO PARTICIPATE WILL MOST LIKELY HAVE TO GIVE UP ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR WORK AND WILL HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER THEIR PORTRAYAL IN THE SHOW. THE PRODUCERS CAN EDIT THE SHOW IN SUCH A WAY TO CREATE AN IMAGE THAT IS IN NO WAY AN ACCURATE PERCEPTION. THE PICTURES AND INTERVIEWS USED CAN BE USED IN ANY OTHER E! SHOWS SUCH AS CLIP SHOWS, HIGHLIGHT SHOWS, AWARDS SHOWS, ETC., WITH NO ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION AND CAN BE RE-EDITED AND RE-FORMATTED AS THE PRODUCERS CHOOSE.
THE FANS WILL BE GIVING UP ALL RIGHTS IN PERPETUITY.
I just want to make sure that any fan who thinks that she might be able to participate and "help" Clay understands that in no way will she have any control over her participation. Ain't gonna happen. Ever. It doesn't matter what the producers say. Even if some nice production assistant really, REALLY is honest as can be and has the best intentions and is told that the show will be fair and balanced and relays that information to the fans he/she is working with... if the producers and editors go in a different direction, there is absolutely nothing that the P.A. can do about it. The releases are signed, the participants have given up their rights.
The script for this show may well have been written, and now they are looking for fans who will say the right words to fit the roles allocated for them... "Crazed Old Lady Fan Wearing Head-to-Toe Claywear", "Deluded Young Fan Who Thought She Might Get To Marry Him", "Religious Fan Who Now Thinks He's Going to Hell", "Nutty Claymate Who Went After J.P." and so on. If they have to edit an interview to make the words fit just so, they may well do that.
And just as with an auto loan, a mortgage loan, a credit card agreement... don't bother trying to change the boilerplate. They will not change the language for you. If you agree to participate, it will be on THEIR terms, not yours.
Just a fair warning. I have no doubt, though, that there will be fans who will jump at the chance to get in there and participate and try to help out Clay. *g*
If anyone feels that it will be helpful to take this post elsewhere, it's okay with me.
If you have videos on YouTube you can select to have them NOT be available to be aired on TV. Here are the instructions as posted by Playbiller: sign into YouTube, then click on subscriptions, click on uploaded video, then click on edit, scroll all the way to the bottom, you will see syndication, click on that and change the default option I think it's important that we don't try to help Clay with this. E probably will not portray him or us in a positive light. The suggestion has been made that we neither give any information or opinion and we don't watch when it airs. Sounds like good advice.
Again each person can do as they choose, but for those that get contacted and are not aware of their rights in this situation, this information may be of use.