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.
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.
We do value everyone's support in following us, and we hope the information and news that we impart is helpful to you. We try 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.
Pro-Imaging is a worldwide support group for professional photographers
who are pro-active in defending photographers rights.