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City Council Seeks To Block Hudson Yards From Owning All 'Vessel' Photos Posted Online

March 20, 2019 - 9:06 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Pretty much everyone visiting Hudson Yards is taking pictures of "the Vessel" and posting them online.

But they're now finding out those pictures are technically owned by Hudson Yards and the owners can do whatever they want with them and the New York City Council is hoping to block it.

The Vessel opened on Friday. Its series of 154 interconnecting staircases is meant to be a major tourist attraction. But within the ticket agreement to visit the Vessel is a clause that lets the real estate company that controls the structure to use any videos or photos visitors upload showing the Vessel.

Visitors must read the fine print on their ticket and go to the Hudson Yards website to view the policy that says any picture posted on social media can be used for free by the Vessel's operator, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

Entertainment and Media Attorney Craig Delsack told CBS 2 it's an overreach. "That's not fair because if you're the Annie Liebovitz of Instagrammable photos, you're going to want to be paid for that commercial use by somebody else."

The policy also states that visitors can be filmed or photographed for promotional purposes while in the beehive-like structure, Diamond reported.

City Councilmember Ben Kallos is is crafting legislation to prohibit that. "I don't think that Hudson Yards should be allowed to take someone's identity or their photos and sell them,"Kallos said. 

Related Real Estate, which manages Hudson Yards, said they will refine the policy to state it does not apply to anyone taking photos from the sidewalk.