The Outhouse reported on this weekend's AnimeNext controversy involving a photographer allegedly selling pillows (some of which were allegedly body sized) with cosplayer photographs printed on them without the cosplayer controversies. We were then contacted by the photographer, who represents 2 Image Solutions, who provided contracts allegedly signed by the cosplayers giving their permission.
Well, the story seems to finally be coming to a close. 2 Image Solutions released a statement via their DeviantArt page stating that they have decided to discontinue the sale of the pillows, save for customers who specifically ask to purchase a pillow with their picture printed on it. Pillows featuring current cosplayers will no longer be made available for sale to the general public.
Here's the full statement:
You may remember the booth we set up at Steampunk World's Fair or AnimeNEXT where we took pictures that showed your costume in a really cool, three-dimensional movie you can rotate so you can see your costume from all angles.
The unique service that 2imagesolutions offers is to provide the attendees of these events with a 360° record of their costumes. It's a fun way for the people we photographed to be able to remember how they dressed at these events. We still believe that is a fun way to see and show off our costumes to our friends and family.
At our booth, we had pillows and prints of a few costumes that were available for purchase. We were VERY selective with the ones we chose, and out of the hundreds and hundreds of panoramas we have taken, only a handful were used (about 10 of them). We chose the ones that we felt were the best of the best and exemplified the spirit of the event. Although each of the people we used signed a model release, some of people were upset that we used their images. We did not mean to upset people, and felt that people chosen would be flattered to be among the few chosen.
As a result, our business model has changed:
In the past, we were selling products with images of others as well as custom-ordered prints of themselves. This was meant to inspire people to elevate the level of their own costumes. We would like to assure participants that any pictures of them that we have taken WILL NO LONGER BE SOLD AT OUR BOOTHS OR AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. The products will be available ONLY to those of whom the pictures were taken. Any future products will be special-order so that the attendees will be able to order prints and merchandise of themselves and themselves only. We would like everyone to know that their privacy is of utmost importance to us and that we did not intend to violate their privacy in any way.
2imagesolutions will still honor our commitment to send the attendees the 360° pictorials by email in a Flash file, but would like to reemphasize that they will not be distributed in any way to anyone other than themselves without their express permission.
We are instituting this change as a result of feedback we received. We appreciate your understanding and assure you that our intentions were to celebrate the events and attendees of these events for their enthusiasm and the efforts they put into creating fun and unique costumes.
As a sign of good faith, we will send any prints and pillows we have already created to the people printed on them free-of-charge. This will enable them to decorate their rooms with them or share them with friends and family as they see fit.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
So, the pillows have been officially pulled. We'll keep you updated on any new developments as soon as we get them.