pixiebelle wrote:I am one of the girls on the pillows and I can tell you in no way did I sign for this. Me and my bf went up to him at the con and he showed me the "alleged" contract I signed but my signature wasn't on it and it was a digital copy, he doesn't have physical copies!
Yea, if he doesn't have a physical contract, that can be a big problem. I've shot photography for years, and I get contracts signed just to use stuff in my portfolio formally, and have a completely different contract for work where photography will be used for commercial use. Plus, assuming he didn't take those images himself, then the photographer can also come after them as well for using their work without permission. (Plus, photographers and possibly professional cosplayers can not only have the merchandise pulled and destroyed legally, but possibly sue for damages as well)
Anyone that tries a "public places" excuse, that goes out the door when you start selling the work. I've had to deal with all this plenty between shooting performers and entertainers (aside from cosplayers) and had to go after several companies for stealing my work before. It's a pain in the ass to deal with, but if you stay on it, it's a fight you will win. Hopefully they will see the light and you won't have to take the legal route.