OR he could just negotiate with the Adams heirs to sell the negatives to them, giving them control over the material in exchange for a hefty sum. The guy gets his money and the family of Ansel Adams gets creative control over unpublished negatives.
As someone who works in the music business (not for a label.) In Courtney Loves explanation, I can't believe using a $500,000 budget to record is considered acceptable. While I TOTALLY agree with the general tone of this article, it should be noted that artists have to be smarter about their expenses. Ultimately it is they who decided to sign, if not read, their contracts. Are the labels misleading with all their lawyerspeak? Undoubtedly, but do not just automatically feel sorry for artists who get taken advantage of simply for the fact that they did not safeguard themselves as much as they should. Signing a record deal is not a gift, it is a business agreement