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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Scott Strazzante and MediaStorm have published his story looking at the transition of a farm into a sub-division, as told through the farm’s family and one of the new home’s families.

It is awesome.
The story is great, it is well told and it is beautifully shot. Every time I tell my students to shoot more, I will now have an example of why: the pairing of images, similar in composition, from both sides of this story, are amazing.  

Photo Attorney Carolyn Wright has posted about the terms of service on Facebook – and it’s not friendly.

Facebook, I’m sure, is not the only site to have this stuff buried in there. (I should probably go check …) Please make sure you’re reading those pesky terms of service agreements and that you’re not giving up anything you value by posting to online sites.

Update: Well, I checked Google’s terms of service. It starts out fine …

Your Intellectual Property Rights. Google claims no ownership or control over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services. You or a third party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content you submit, post or display on or through Google services and you are responsible for protecting those rights, as appropriate. (Emphasis their’s)

However, they then wrap up with …

By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying and distributing Google services.


The negative side of me says this isn’t good, the optimistic side of me says that’s just legalese to allow them to do what you’ve asked (distribute your content via their services). I think I’m going to lean towards the optimistic side on this as there’s nothing there about relicensing or redistribution.

Picked up from Steve Yelvington’s blog

Okay, this is kind of geeky and really only the hard-core designers will like it, but … it is funny.

When does a “news” photographer become a “commercial” photographer? Does an individual have the right to control the commercial usage of their image? Does a school have the authority to restrict who can and who can’t profit, commercially, from a student’s image?

In several states this issue has come up over the last few years, and now someone is proposing that newspaper pay a “token” amount to public school athletic associations to be able to resell published images.

It’s a loaded question, but what do you think?

Yep, a lawyer is suing because the paper announced cuts after he paid his subscription

So, instead of being able to put money into staff or resources, they now have to spend it fighting off a frivolous lawsuit. But, the lawyer says he could have cancelled his subscription, but “filed the suit to make a point.”
Proving, again, that in the legal system, the lawyers always win.

My academic and professional colleagues have been wringing their hands for the last few years or the idea of “user generated content,” also known as “citizen journalism” (a phrase we all despise). News organizations are now dealing, on a regular basis, with video and stills submitted by readers and viewers.

In a piece the Chicago Tribune posted on this issue, Bob Steele, an ethics professor at DePauw University, says: 
We’re not only gullible but we’re becoming greedy as consumers … That greed is manifested in putting out a lot of information that is not properly vetted and verified. That’s dangerous. Not only does it erode the credibility of news organizations, but it also erodes the confidence of our society in what we see.
Greedy consumers … an interesting thought, no?

Not as blatant as the Iranian missile mess, but maybe as sensational as some of Weegee’s work … further research has shown that the image of a baby with two legs casts on may not be what it originally was reported

I could launch into a bit about not knowing the sources of your information because of the automation of the news-gathering process, but most of you have heard this before …

The headline here comes from Linda Epstein, who posted a link to this New York Times blog about a doctored image coming from Iran. (Really? A government doctoring images? Who would have thought that?)

Maybe now we know where Adnan Hajj is working … 

Weegee was the first real spot news photographer in a lot of people’s eyes. Born Usher Fellig, when his family came through Ellis Island he changed his name to Arthur, he prowled the streets of New York City from the mid-1930s through the late 1940s, always first on a crime scene with his Speed Graphic and cigar.