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April 26, 2008


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Stew Rogers

Hi Seb
Interesting stuff, definitely worth knowing more about.Thanks for posting. Cheers.


I'd be interested to know what FACT does about this, theft of copyright by a nation state.

Seb Rogers

I'm not sure it'd count as theft by a nation state, per se, but in the face of the wealthy and powerful vested interests that help to draw up US legislation I'd have thought most campaigning bodies (and certainly most individuals) will be powerless.

I don't think the intention behind the new law is necessarily malicious, but the potential consequences are far-reaching. Intellectual Property is becoming more valuable, but as it does so lawyers (and law-makers, it seems) are working hard to transfer ownership away from content producers and into the hands of corporations. It's widespread and insidious, and it's not good for any of us.

Edward Marshall

Scary stuff and quite a bold move!

Its obviously wrong but i can imagine a lot of pressure from big corporations which could ease it in.

However, does this just apply to online?
If so Photography could go to its grass roots and photographers could begin dealing in prints etc and only putting heavily watermarked images online when needed.....

Seb Rogers

No, it doesn't apply specifically to images posted on the web - it's just that that's where most of the problems are likely to arise.

It was certainly easier to control distribution and availability of images in the days of film, but I'm afraid prints aren't going to solve the problem for all kinds of logistical and quality reasons. Watermarking certainly removes any ambiguity, but only if it can't easily be removed (which means not in a corner, or too small, or too subtle).

Pros will find ways around the problems, for the most part. But there are millions of amateurs who risk having their work ripped off - and even that fact will have an impact on the value of photography and, therefore, the ability of pros to earn a living from their images.

The only people the proposed bill will benefit is image users. Image creators - that's you and me - are in trouble.

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