Is Apple's #ShotoniPhone Challenge Really Fixed?

Friday, 01 February 2019 13:57


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When Apple makes a move, the world notices. Such is the power of a near-trillion dollar company.

It didn't take long for the photographic community to notice something was amiss with Apple's initial announcement of its 2019 "Shot on iPhone" Challenge whose terms required winning entries to be assigned to Apple for exclusive use for the duration of that work's copyright.

Apple responded by adding additional language in a press release of Jan. 22, 2019:

"Apple believes strongly that artists should be compensated for their work. Photographers who shoot the final 10 winning photos will receive a licensing fee for use of such photos on billboards and other Apple marketing channels."

The photo press announced the Apple "fix" but for us the confusion continued.

For instance, the sentence preceeding the above quote, while still referring to non-exclusive usage for non-winners, states:

"If your photo is selected to be featured on a billboard, you further agree to grant Apple exclusive commercial use of the photo for the life of the license."

Read more: Is Apple's #ShotoniPhone Challenge Really Fixed?


Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:16

Submit your entries to Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019!

Food Photography Award winner imageLinda Taylor:, Category Winner, Food Portraiture 2018

Now in its eighth year, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019 announces a set of new judges and exciting new categories – all awaiting your entry!

Read more: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019


Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2018 now open!

Monday, 10 September 2018 13:26

Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2018

Scottish Nature 2018The Scottish Nature Photography Awards celebrate nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland.

The Scottish Nature Photography Awards Photographic Competition 2018 is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world, but images must be taken in Scotland.

Entries close 24:00 hours GMT on Friday 30th November 2018.

This is the 9th annual competition to seek the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year.


Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018

  • Scottish Wildlife Portrait
  • Scottish Wildlife Behaviour
  • Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast
  • Scottish Landscape - The Land
  • Scottish Landscape - Urban Greenspace
  • Scottish Botanical
  • Natural Abstract
  • Environmental

Read more: Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2018 now open!


USCO Extends Proposed Fee Increase Comment Period Deadline

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:03

The new deadline is September 21, 2018 @ 11:59pm Eastern.

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Please refer to our previous post for details of the proposed fee increases.


Reminder: Public Comments on USCO Fee Increase due July 23, 2018!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:02

Comments to the Copyright Office are due, at the latest, by July 23, 2018 September 21, 2018, 11:59pm Eastern.

 The U.S. Copyright Office (@CopyrightOffice), Library of Congress, published a "Notice of proposed rule making" in the Federal Register on May 24, 2018, in which they reported the outcome of a study conducted by Booz Allen to address cost recovery goals.

Importantly, the Office has never recovered its full costs from user fees. Instead, the Office has traditionally recovered approximately 60% of its costs through fees; the remainder is provided through appropriated dollars from the U.S. treasury. ~ Federal Register/Vol. 83, No. 101, p. 24055

The Office cannot set fees to recover all costs associated with registration, but they aim for a cost recovery percentage, based on a prior study, that is 71% for electronic claims and 66% for paper applications. The current cost recovery for single and standard applications stands at 51%.

Read more: Reminder: Public Comments on USCO Fee Increase due July 23, 2018!


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