What is Empowering about Giving Up your Moral Rights and Copyright?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:56

traffic light stopThe Artists' Bill of Rights continually emphasizes how important it is to read Terms and Conditions of every competition before you enter it.

#WomenMakeItHappen, sponsored by Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft, is a case-in-point. And it is a complicated one with multiple sets of terms: one for the entry portal (Talenthouse), and one for the competition.

Grant of perpetual, irrevocable license and waiver of moral rights

By submitting content via their portal (Talenthouse), you grant a "perpetual, irrevocable" license for Talenthouse and their advertising affiliates, among others, to use your image for "the promotion of our clients and/or promotional partners and their products or services." Furthermore, "You waive any and all claims you may now or later have in any jurisdiction to so-called “moral rights” or rights of “droit moral” with respect to the User Content."WomenMakeItHappen Rights Off

Entrants retain copyright but winners are at risk of losing it in exchange for their prize

Beware of disclaimers in bold type assuring that you retain copyright to your work, as in this competition. Such statements can be misleading. By entering via Talenthouse you've already granted perpetual and irrevocable image use in addition to waiving your moral rights. Now, if you win, you must agree to the following:

"Upon the Promoter’s and/or Sponsor's request, winners agree to sign any and all legal forms deemed necessary to license or assign all right, title and interest in and to the Work, including without limitation, all copyrights associated therewith, in exchange for the Prizes set forth above."WomenMakeItHappen Rights Off

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Sony World Photography Awards Pro Competition ending Jan 8!

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:09

Sony World Photography Awards
Professional Competition

Myriam Meloni Sony WPO Professional-competition 2014 winner"Behind the absence" ©Myriam Meloni, Italy, Winner, Lifestyle,
Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

8 January is your last chance to enter up to 15 series of images for free
to the Professional Competition

Submissions close 8 January 2015 at 11:59:59 GMT

Entering your images is free, and you can win up to $25,000 USD, Sony camera equipment, international exhibition, unmatched press coverage and professional opportunities and much more.

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Flickr Apologizes but What About CC Abuses by Others?

Friday, 19 December 2014 17:38

Flickr CCFlickr’s gallery of Creative Commons photos for wall-art prints. Photograph: PR

With a very modest apology to an astoundingly arrogant move to sell Creative Commons' licenced images as wall art, Flickr announced recently it would discontinue the controversial, for-profit venture.

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Winners of the 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year

Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:19

RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH

The winners of the 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards are revealed

TPOTY-WIN-PLHarvey6Philip Lee Harvey (UK), Lalibela, EthiopiaFrom pilgrims making perilous progress 14,000 ft. up in the Himalayas to cave divers exploring the cenotes of Mexico, from the bleak beauty of skeletal trees to the warm tones of Himba jewelry and colourful bands of rock in Northumberland, and from bicycle adventures in Norway to the lives of honey-hunters in Bangladesh, the winning images in the 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards give a glorious view of life on this planet.

The winning images and short films can be viewed on www.tpoty.com and will be displayed in a magnificent exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) from July 24th- September 5th 2015.

British photographer Philip Lee Harvey took the overall prize – and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 – for elegant portfolios depicting the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia and the Himba of Namibia.

The title of Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 went to 17 year-old Samuel Fisch of the USA. He is the first person to win this title twice, having also won it back in 2012. His latest set of winning images – graphic blocks of colour showing details in Burano, Italy – were very different to those from 2012, showing his diversity. Young TPOTY 15-18 was won by 18 year-old Georgia Mulholland of Australia with vivid shots of the Greek islands, while Michael Theodric of Indonesia (age 12) won the 14 and under category with an atmospheric black & white portfolio of Java.

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The Perils of Publishing and Living Off your Art

Friday, 05 December 2014 18:46

The Perils of Publishing and Living Off your Art

by (guest blogger) Elspeth Rushbrook

"Don’t give up your day job", the sarcastic saying goes. But what if you don’t have one? Then it is imperative that artists – whatever they create, be it music, poetry, painting – be fairly and properly remunerated.

Which is why the Artists' Bill of Rights is important. It’s not just competitions that may relieve us of our work – leaving comments and reviews on newspaper, cinema, and listings websites can mean the legal adoption of any author's creative children without further custody. Typically, terms ask you to unconditionally waive your moral rights, to give away the copyright, and give them freedom to republish, pass on, reproduce and store eternally without royalty or further payment – if you received any. Often you have to sign up before these terms become viewable.

Some examples:

  • UK based Local Secrets "buys all copy rights and publication rights for use online and in any of its print publications in perpetuity…and may be republished at any time without further payment to (author)…who relinquishes all rights to the material".
  • Odeon (UK cinema chain) "…you assign any rights (including intellectual property rights) you may have in them to ODEON…and agree not to assert any moral rights in such comments or materials."
  • AmazonUser reviews grant perpetual, irrevocable, and royalty free licenses.
  • Triond where contributors were paid per view - if in the US. This site seems to be defunct

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