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Sorry i'm a bit thick. Could you explain it simply please?
The doings of our present government would be scarcely believable if it weren't for the now well-established fact that they are extremely nasty.
Thanks. Can't believe this is coming up again. The international (Berne etc) aspect alone makes it ridiculous.
As an example of companies stealing images from the net for profit:
"In fact, it was such a good shot that the photographer, Gateshead's Naomi Frost, believes someone stole the image, printed it on thousands of T-shirts and sold them through menswear giant Lowes."
The bit that really fecks me off is that a governmental body is taking it upon themselves to control and distribute what is still someone's intellectual property, to collect the nominal fees for use of these 'orphan works', and then only passing them on to the photographer if or when they contact said governmental body to complain.
This fee is likely to be well below standard rates, and I doubt the old recourse of triple rates for unauthorised use will be of any use in this situation.
They don't seem to realise that some of us actually make a living out of these images, and just because we haven't slapped a massive watermark on them it doesn't mean they can steal them from us and re-sell them for their own gain.
Further to that previous link I posted, more examples of image theft by both companies and in some cases governments themselves. Seems it's becoming rampant:
I have a website and yes my images are digitally watermarked, but it does not stop someone using them images or a body work for some backstreet blogger.
Since the birth of the internet it has become too easy for some with knowledge to commit some form of plagiarism or even worse actually steal someone's work, and use it to benefit themselves financially.
I have come across some of my work on Asian blogs, or some other far off place; were by because of my ignorance, I cannot understand the context in which my work has been used purely from an English speaking perspective.
Which does make it harder however, they're those who do give credit were credits due.
This though, is completely demoralising to the artists themselves, it's another form of control and we all know historically; where that has lead in the past.
We inevitably get pushed harder and harder and then of course we either break or make...we are on the very precipice of change.
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