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For Members CASTING TAPES AUCTION HALTED F ollowing objections by SAG-AFTRA and the Casting Society of America, Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions canceled an April auction of more than 50 videotapes featuring early auditions by Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio and others. "Auditions are not public performances, and under SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements performers are entitled to expect them to remain private," said SAG-AFTRA General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. SAG-AFTRA considers the right of performers to control the use of their image to be of utmost importance, which is why the sale of these types of media is prohibited. he union's collective bargaining agreements include protections for performers against exploitation of audition and interview tapes, which must be erased upon performers' request. Failure to comply with such requests can result in formal legal action pursuant to the agreements. Unauthorized use of this footage may also result in claims against producers and casting directors under right of publicity and/or privacy laws. When a member enters an audition, it's important to know the union has their back throughout their entire career. Members who are concerned about the storage and security of their auditions can contact SAG-AFTRA to learn more about the protections in place. Call (855) 724-2387 and ask For everyone in entertainment Supporting the performing arts community since 1882 The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone—including SAG-AFTRA members—who works in performing arts and entertainment, offering free programs and services to more than 12,800 people annually. for the department covering the kind of audition, such as TV, Commercials, New Media and heatrical. Counseling Health Insurance Information Emergency Grants Affordable Housing Financial Education HIV/AIDS Programs Senior Housing Sideline Work Free Health Clinic Addiction Services Community Resources Young Performer Services and more To ind out how you can support The Fund, or if you need assistance, visit or call 800.221.7303. 22 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2013 |

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