I think I started posting my own photos online sometime in 2002-2003. During all this time, two things have remained the same: the overall ignorance of most web users about photographic copyright and the duplicity of some social media websites in keeping their users ignorant about the topic. Most images uploaded to social media are … Continue reading Photography and social media: still a recipe for copyright issues
Have a look at a screenshot from my YouTube account, listing the various copyright claims made on a single video of mine. That's eight copyright claims, one of which still remains to be released if the music publisher in question, Believe, will do the right thing. How can a simple video like this, where I … Continue reading How can a normal YouTube video garner so many copyright claims?
Updated 4/24/12: YouTube has greatly improved the copyright claim dispute process in recent weeks, and it seems that even copyright holders have gotten much more responsive and willing to relinquish claims falsely flagged by YouTube's Copyright ID engine. These are all good steps in the right direction! Are you a YouTube Partner? Great! Then don't … Continue reading Do not use iMovie sounds for YouTube videos
A while back, I edited and uploaded what I thought was a fairly innocuous video to YouTube, called A walk on Dania Beach. You can see it below. It shows a few clips of the beach that I took during two walks with my wife. It's nothing special, really. The quality of the video isn't … Continue reading YouTube’s copyright claim process still needs some work
One of the videos I uploaded to YouTube recently was identified as using copyrighted music. I'd used a song from the 50s, thinking that after 60 years, no one would give a hoot whether that song was being used as a track in a YouTube video. Still, it was identified by YouTube's content ID program … Continue reading YouTube and music publishers: a model for revenue sharing
I've been mulling over this decision for some time. As I thought about it, I wanted to balance my desire to let people enjoy my photos with my very real need to retain the ability to sell my photographs, because I do want that to become a larger source of income for me than it … Continue reading An announcement about my photos
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For the moment, this is a rhetorical question. I've been re-thinking the way I publish my photos online in view of the recent and very prominent theft of Rebekka GuÃ°leifsdÃ³ttir's photos from Flickr. Call me naive, but I really believed, and still would like to believe, that people will wish to stay legal and pay … Continue reading How many of my photos were stolen?
Techdirt has a great post on this, as well as Dr. Michael Geist. Apparently Canadian musicians like the Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan have stood up and said they do not agree with the record industry, and that they don't want to sue their fans, nor impose DRM schemes on them. This is … Continue reading Major Canadian musicians say the recording industry doesn't represent them
I find this unbelievable, yet Congress seems poised to pass another revision of the DMCA, expanding the reach of this already-controversial bill. It only goes to show the power that special-interest groups have in Washington. For example, under this new law, if Sony's rootkit malware were removed by anti-virus software, Sony would have the right … Continue reading Congress readies new digital copyright bill