Our campaign is focussed on copyright issues as they affect artists. This remit can cover anything from proposed new copyright legislation, the conflict between 'Big Tech' and copyright enforcement, copyright abuses by organisations, abuses such as rights grabbing, copyright infringements, piracy, the deletion of copyright information by many organisations' websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and so on.
Apart from our own investigations, and the notices we recieve from artists about copyright abuse, we use Twitter to seek out issues that should be brought to artists' attention. How do we choose who to follow? This has evolved since @ArtistRights was launched on Twitter in April 2011, then one of our policies was to simply to follow every artist who followed us. We have had to review our policies since then and now plan only to follow organisations or people who regularly post news about copyright issues as they affect artists.
We use Tweetdeck to manage those we follow, to categorise them into lists, and we also use Tweetdeck's filtering mechanisms. So for example we have an 'Artists' list, a 'Legal' list (for lawyers), a 'Copyright' list for non legal commentators, a 'Goverment' list for those departments/politicians involved with copyright, and so on. We also use Tweetdeck filters, they are useful but are a bit hit and miss at finding relevant and topical commentary on the issues we address in our campaign
Our resources are not unlimited and much of our resource is dedicated to engaging with organisations seeking to persuade them of the benefits of supporting the principles set out in the Artists' Bill of Rights. This effort is unreported and unsung, our correspondence with them remains confidential. We also have to prepare reports for our website so monitoring Twitter (& Facebook) is just one of many activities the campaign is involved in.
To make most effective use of the campaign's resources and to use Twitter to focus as closely as it can on the relevant issues we simply cannot follow everyone who follows us. So here are the guidelines about who we follow;
Organisations & businesses who have committed to supporting and adopting the principles set out in the Artists' Bill of Rights are always followed.
For all other organisations and individuals we will follow them if they regularly tweet about the issues our campaign is focussed on, copyright issues concerning artists, copyright abuses such as rights grabbing, copyright infringements and deletion of metadata, copyright legislation as it currently applies to artists, proposed changes to copyright legislation, and links to helpful guidance for artists concerning copyright.
Each person or organisation we follow is added to one of our lists, details of which can be seen on our Twitter lists page. That page will be updated with some commentary in the next few days.
We are currently reviewing all the organisations and individuals we follow in the light of the above and this will mean we will of necessity do some 'unfollows'. We do hope this will not be taken as a slight. If you are an artist and mostly, for example, talk about the techniques of your art, rarely, if ever talking about copyright issues, much as we wish we had the time to do so we will not follow you. However, we do value your support in following us, and we hope information and news that we impart is of relevance to you. We are trying to provide a service, imparting relevant news to professional artists, and educational material to the public, we hope our followers will understand what we are doing and why.