A Shared Culture : creative commons

For every creative commons photo that I use, I give one back. Yes, I do.

With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify. Continue reading “A Shared Culture : creative commons”

Attempt to define standards on news quoting in blogs

Fellow-bloggers, for your information. It seems that AP wants to guide (read restrict) bloggers from using the agency’s content.

The New York Times | The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

“Fair use has become an essential concept to many bloggers, who often quote portions of articles before discussing them. The A.P., a cooperative owned by 1,500 daily newspapers, including The New York Times, provides written articles and broadcast material to thousands of news organizations and Web sites that pay to use them.

Last week, The A.P. took an unusually strict position against quotation of its work, sending a letter to the Drudge Retort asking it to remove seven items that contained quotations from A.P. articles ranging from 39 to 79 words”.

Oeps, this quote approx. 90 words! I might be in the danger zone here…

U.S. Copyright | fair use

(added 10.09.2008)
Fair Use of Photography On A Blog

Street photography versus portrait right

In my previous post I linked to an article that is about a Dutch law suit. A woman was photographed in the street. She did not know about it and is now suing because her photo was published (as stock photo) with an editorial. Professional photographers in the Netherlands are watching this case closely.

There are many similar frictions, questions and cases about the rights of the portraited individual and the rights of the photographer/artist. Here’s an article on the topic :

Herald Tribune | Street photography: A right or invasion? / (The Theater of the Street, the Subject of the Photograph)

“The practice of street photography has a long tradition in the United States, with documentary and artistic strains, in big cities and small towns. Photographers usually must obtain permission to photograph on private property – including restaurants and hotel lobbies – but the freedom to photograph in public has long been taken for granted. And it has had a profound impact on the history of the medium. Without it, Lee Friedlander would not have roamed the streets of New York photographing strangers, and Walker Evans would never have produced his series of subway portraits in the 1940s”.

“In an affidavit submitted to the court on diCorcia’s behalf, Peter Galassi, chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, said diCorcia’s “Heads” fit into a tradition of street photography well defined by artists ranging from Alfred Stieglitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson to Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. “If the law were to forbid artists to exhibit and sell photographs made in public places without the consent of all who might appear in those photographs,” Galassi wrote, “then artistic expression in the field of photography would suffer drastically. If such a ban were projected retroactively, it would rob the public of one of the most valuable traditions of our cultural inheritance.”

The Getty | About Walker Evans’ subway portraits

This subject is difficult, as there are two sides to the coin. I would not like it if my portrait was published or displayed in an exhibition without my knowledge and consent. But on the other hand, if I were the photographer, I would like/need my right to artistic expression…

I know two things though, if somebody would object to me making photos in a public place or the street, I would respect the NO. Also I would never publish a photo that would be disrespectful.

Last year I was very upset when a disrespectful photograph of my grandmother was published in a newspaper. The paper admitted the mistake and published my complaint, but the harm was done of course. It was extra bitter because the photo was taken at a happy family gathering and it turned out to be our last happy occasion together. It’s difficult to think back to our special event and not see that ugly picture.

Ethics are necessary.


Copyright and metadata

Updated 12 June 2008

PDN | Photo advocates divided over orphan works


21 March 2008

Ah progress… timely…

“Metadata are critical to photo business by providing important information about the image and by describing it properly. The maximum added value will only be achieved if the metadata are precise and reliable. But how can we apply metadata to avoid ambiguity and misunderstandings among our customers?”

Identifying photos. Every photographer and photo librarian wants to clearly indicate: “This is my photo”. In the interests of copyright protection, copyright owners want unique identifiers in the image helping to locate it on the world wide web. At what stage should these be produced, and what are the options for protecting this information?”

Read the BJP article : Conference call for metadata to include copyright

Photo Metadata Conference

Copyright and appropriation art

Re : my post of 9 December.

I received a comment/suggestion to visit a website to find some answers on these topics. Thanks for this. Also quite timely, as I’ve registered for a seminar on copyright in The Netherlands which will take place on 31 January.

It is interesting to read that “Copyright duration is now 50 years after the death of the author in Canada, 95 years in the U.S.”

In NL the duration is 70 years…

Some interesting reading on http://appropriationart.ca/

The topic we will discuss in Amsterdam : rights of third parties. Examples in invitation :’Using Rayban sunglasses without permission of Rayban in a commercial could you give a lot a trouble’… ‘How about citing a photograph of Annie Leibovitz and photographing someone in a bathtub with milk’?