If you party with Justin Bieber, he’ll own your pics?

Over the weekend, a picture of Justin Bieber smoking weed hit the web, and everyone freaked out because TEENAGERS? SMOKING THE MARIJUANA? Oh my stars and garters! Jeeves! Fish my monocole out of champagne flute for me! Pip pip cheerio and such. Anyway, as a means of completely over-correcting the problem, TMZ reports that Justin’s team have taken to hanging a sign warning anyone who parties with Justin that any pictures they take now belong to Justin. Because hey, that totally worked out for Instagram, right? Oh yeah …

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … Justin’s people routinely place a sign in places where Justin parties — a sign that says any and all photos taken at the party do NOT belong to the people who took them — they all belong to JB. It’s a literal and figurative sign of the concern Justin’s people are showing for a famous teenager with a penchant for risk-taking. As for the photos taken last week in that Newport Beach Hotel room showing Justin smoking a blunt, our sources say if there was a sign it wasn’t obvious … because the people who took pictures saw nothing.

First off, I’m no lawyer or anything, but can you really claim ownership over other people’s photos just by hanging a sign? Because that sounds like something a crazy person might do. If anyone knows the legality behind this, please drop us a comment to clarify this, because … that can’t be right, can it? I’m pretty sure that would be like if Justin put up a sign that said, “By entering this room, you agree that your soul is forfeit to the Dark Lord, Scooter Braun. All hail, Scooter! Your screams only make him stronger! YOU CANNOT ESCAPE SCOOTER.”

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