Thoughts about copyright and permissions

Do you worry about what to do if someone uses your photos without your consent? Or have you found yourself concerned that you might not be able to use the photos you've taken?

Michael Eleftheriades, Nikon Owner London Group coordinator, asked me to think about copyright after we'd had a conversation on how Blockchain might resolve a lot of photographers' concerns in this area. As it turns out, that particular solution may be a red herring, and our discussions resulted in me presenting our findings to the Nikon Owner London Group in March 2018 - subsequently, my article focusing on part of the presentation was published by the Nikon Owners Magazine in June 2018.

This page is intended for those of you who are searching for some links to additional content about photgraphic copyright and permissions and, from time to time, I shall update it with points of interest as they I find them.



Useful links

Web links change all the time and if any of the following ones have broken, please let me know. I'd also welcome suggestion for other useful links.

There are videos and blogs that tell you that you must protect and defend your copyright and that you can make serious money from it. Here is a link to one from Monte Isom - How to Copyright Your Photography and Make Money on Copyright Infringements 

Shutterstock used to have a very good PDF guide to copyright and usage rights. It's now replaced by a single page - Understanding the basics of copyright

Here's a guide from the UK Government to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for small claims.

Creative commons - what is it? It's a standardised set of definitions allowing you to set out if and how your photos can be used by others - Creative Commons website

You may have heard of the Monkey selfie case where PETA sued a photographer on behalf of a Celebes Crested Macaque which apparently took its own photo - widely reported and here is a good starting point in The Guardian

The Red Bus Case centred, more usefully, on the difference between inspiration by a work and copying aspects of a work. Here is an outline of the case on Wikipedia



Thoughts for further discusssion

It is often frustrating that if you attend a sporting event, the ticket you buy to gain entry will be subject to onerous constraints on taking photographs. These constraints are often there for good commercial reasons - for example, sponsors of sports teams need to control images of their brand.

But having looked at the conditions on tickets from a great number of venues, many seem outdated, and in some cases unfair. This is a particularly relevant discussion when some venues (e.g. Wembley) forbid any form of recording on tehir tickets but acttively encourage tthe use of social mdia once you are in the stands.

Please let me have your views and watch this space for further comment.