Watch the "Copyright Killings" webinar

Saturday, 18 May 2013 18:01

The Copyright Killings webinar link

Did you miss the "Copyright Killings" webinar?

Watch it now!

  • Learn "best practices" to keep your work from becoming orphaned
  • How pending legislating may put your creative rights at risk
  • What is "metadata" and why it is important
  • Discover resources to followup with your new knowledge

Click on the image to the right for all the above, and more!

 

How I can now PROFIT using anyone's images

Saturday, 04 May 2013 16:59

Copyright Killings PosterAn "orphan work" is an image, illustration, text, etc., whose owner cannot be identified or found. The recent passage of UK's ERRB paves the way for real and massive rights abuse unless new and effective search schema are developed, tested, and implemented very quickly. Why?

"Why? Because social media, and everyone else for that matter routinely strip our names and contact details from our digital files. … So now commercial organisations will be allowed to make money from our “orphans”, but not us, the creators." David Bailey, iconic British photographer, in a letter to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, via theBPPA.

No workable system yet exists to identify who owns an image on the basis of image pixels alone. Yet there are tens of millions of "orphan works" residing on the internet already, having been created by most every social media host to date.

Read more: How I can now PROFIT using anyone's images

   

Big Step Back for UK Creative Economy

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:14

royallyfckedRecent legislation passed by the UK Parliament and endorsed by the Royals has caused a firestorm among photographers and illustrators in the UK and abroad.

Time has come to remove your work from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc

"UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now"

"Amateur and professional illustrators and photographers alike will find themselves ensnared by the changes, the result of lobbying by Silicon Valley and radical bureaucrats and academics. The changes are enacted in the sprawling Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which received Royal Assent last week, and it marks a huge shift in power away from citizens and towards large US corporations."
Andrew Orlowski, theregister.co.uk

Until now, it was illegal to exploit a copyrigted work without the consent of the owner.

"The EAA Act changes all that. Under its provisions it will be legal to exploit a copyright work - photograph, film, text, song, whatever - without the knowledge or permission of, or payment to, its owner."
Paul Ellis, Stop43.org.uk

Read more: Big Step Back for UK Creative Economy

   

UK: FInal Action Call for ERRB Clause 79

Monday, 15 April 2013 01:44

stop43-UK-300Call to Action!

On Tuesday 16th April the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill enters its final Parliamentary phase before becoming law. This is your last chance to remove from it the damaging Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing Clause 79Please contact your MP and other Parliamentarians, making the following recommendations:

  1. Remove the Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing Clause 79 from the ERR Bill
  2. Implement the EU Orphan Works Directive at the last possible moment, because it directs us to breach our obligations to foreign rights owners under the Berne Convention
  3. Revisit IP in an Intellectual Property Bill once the Copyright Hub is operational and the government has a metadata policy, which at the moment it does not
  4. Return responsibility for copyright to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Patentsare limited formal economic rights granted by Government upon application, and rightly handled by the Patents Office (which is an Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and of which ‘Intellectual Property Office’ is an operating name). Copyright is an informal automatic combined economic, cultural and human right. It is far more appropriate for the Department for Culture to be responsible for this more subtle right than the Department for Business.

Read more: UK: FInal Action Call for ERRB Clause 79

   

2013 Grand Prix de la Découverte Now Open for Entries

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:01

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2013 Grand Prix de la Découverte Now Open for Entries

An International Fine Art Photography Competition

The International Fine Art Photography Competition is focused on celebrating fine art photography, discovering new talent, and honoring exceptional work.

The renowned jury invites emerging and mid-career fine art photographers from around the world to submit up to 15 photographs in one or more categories - in color or black and white, using any photographic process or style of camera.

Photographers may enter each of their images in one or more of the following categories:

  • Photography/Portrait
  • Landscape/Seascape/Nature
  • Cityscape/Architecture
  • Street Photography/Documentary
  • Still Life
  • Abstract
  • Experimental

Read more: 2013 Grand Prix de la Découverte Now Open for Entries

   

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