Certain ID card administrators have been known to secretely keep
copies of pictures of people they take when they make photo ID cards.
Some of these organizations are also involved in traffiking in such stolen
Stealing your soul and selling it for a penny)
The best way to prevent
soul theft and likeness piracy is to
require anyone wanting to take your picture to sign an
agreement that limits what they can do with your picture,
and penalties involved should they be accomplices to theft or
trafficking in stolen Humanistic Property.
Example of Humanistic Property License Agreement
Typical example of a Humanstic Property license agreement,
signed by administrator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(M.I.T.) ID card office.
Improved version of Humanistic Property License Agreement
You may also want to join an agency that requires you to be bound
by a Humanistic Property License Agreement. For example, by licensing
your likeness to a modeling agency, or to your own collective
Humanistic Property Organization, you do not have to be confrontational
with those who might steal your Humanistic Property.
Instead, you merely need to inform them that your are forbidden from
having your picture taken until they agree to the terms of
YOUR AGENCY's Humanistic Property License Agreement.
Download an improved
example of a Humanistic Property License Agreement
This improved Humanistic Property License Agreement has been
successfully used by people obtaining library cards at the Robarts library
at the University of Toronto.
Humanistic Property manifesto
A humourous look at how to deal with people who ask to see your ID card
(filed on the morning of April 1, 1999).