THE most obnoxious release form ever written

This is without a doubt THE most obnoxious release I have ever been asked to sign. I actually refused. I don’t mind being recorded so students can view my lectures at home–Actually, I do mind, I hate being recorded in the first place (unless it gets me out of showing up next year!) and I happen to think students should be required to attend lectures as long as I still have to show up. I’ve heard that the students speed up the lectures to chipmunk speed in order to save time. But I digress….The obnoxious lawyer who dreamed this up MUST be punished! I’d love to know if other Universities are doing this and how many professors/instructors are actually signing it.



“TALENT RELEASE” (like this is gonna to make me feel better about signing)

For good and valuable consideration (what? I get a pat on the back?), I authorize the Regents of the University of __ and its agents (who the heck are they?) to record my appearance and participation on videotape, audiotape, film, photograph or any other medium and to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, and publicly exhibit (like on u-tube?) such recordings, in whole or in part, without restrictions or limitation for any purpose that the University deems appropriate. I further consent to the use of my name, likeness, voice and biographical material in connection with such recordings (my name address and phone number perhaps!).


I release the University, its successors and assigns, its agents, and all persons for whom it is acting (why don’t they just say every human being on the planet from now to eternity) from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the recording process, or any unintentional misspellings or inaccuracies and waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve the finished recordings.