Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Copyright in the Grab and Go Era

Someone I know recently posted an album of photographs on Facebook to share. They had found them on the Facebook page of Joao Batista. They shared the album and it came up on my facebook page as "By Joao Batista." The problem was that whoever Joao Batista is, he was doing a disservice to the original artist/photographer by not posting an attribution of the photos he put in his album. The photos are by Peter Menzel and are contained in his book, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.
I don't know Peter, I'm just a fellow artist who's thinking a lot about the ease of sharing with a digital copy and paste. I'm not against sharing, in fact with the ego of an artist, I'd like as many people as possible to see my work. What I do want; is to keep any and all of my rights, to make money if appropriate to do so, and to have full attribution whenever it's used.

We should all be using some form of the new Creative Commons copyright. It's easy to do, you just go to their website and fill out an online form which generates a piece of code you just cut and paste—see below:

Creative Commons License
www.susanandkurt.blogspot.com by Susan L Shaw is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at creativecommons.org.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.menzelphoto.com/books/hp.html.


Peter Menzle said...

Thanks, we had trouble with this after Time Magazine ran some web portfolios of our book. The photos were credited but my metadata had been stripped and they were easy to copy. Time took them down after I brought this to their attention and put them back up with metadata. The book images were seen by millions of people with no idea of the source. This is a problem we all face now.
Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

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