Image Rights: Manage Them or Lose

Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:00

PhotoMDC-Logo1 w230Whether you manage a large image library or a small collection of hard disks of personal work, you need to become proficient with the use of metadata and familiar yourself with metadata standards. Whether you sell to agencies or libraries or manage one, or just wish to have a chance to be indentifiable online, you must pay attention to metadata!

"Image Rights: Manage Them - or Lose", the title of the recent Barcelona Photo Metadata Conference, published all presentations from their conference and can all be viewed at: 

Photo Metadata Conference 2013

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Condé Naste and Bottega Veneta want your Permission …

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:36

…to give them YOUR creative work for free!

New Exposure Photography Competition

Vogue   New Exposure"Enter for a chance to have your work seen by some of the world's foremost visionaries in fashion, photography, art, and design"

What's the price?

7. (a) "All entry materials become the property of the Sponsor … entry into this Promotion constitutes entrant's irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without further compensation, with or without attribution, to … sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant's name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, trade, commercial, … in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration or the copyright in the Submission." - Quoted from the Official Contest Rules

One winner, countless entries, equals a lot of young creative talent giving away pertetual rights to deep pockets. What kind of example does this set?

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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.

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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,

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,

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