Monday, November 10, 2008

More Copyright Infringement

I have just had another of my photos ripped off and used commercially without proper attribution etc. etc.

I really like Flickr, I think being part of the community has improved my photography, which is why I keep using it. But there is a price to pay, even though I use a Creative Commons license on my images, 20 or 30 images (to my knowledge) have been used inappropriately and it is extremely difficult to find out when this happens and almost impossible to do anything about it.

Flickr themselves are appalling in this regard. 
Two totally inexcusable things that they do, which IMHO promote copyright theft, display their ignorance and devalue CC Licencing : 

Flickr remove all EXIF tags (contains the copyright info) from your images that go into the download page (this is totally outragrous!!!).

Flickr allow you to change the licensing you add to an image after a license is applied ........ this is disallowed by Creative Commons, their licenses are by definition irrevocable.

However, lots of people do the right thing ....... I love it when someone writes to me describing their project, asking to use one of my images, I seldom refuse ....... and I have a growing collection of books and pamphlets at home, the results of some of those projects .......

So Flickr, get your act together, please !!!!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama on Race

My vision for America from the UK's Independent Newspaper.

Many thanks to Howard for pointing this out to me.

Howard says :
It's long, but this is Obama's speech on race - the most intelligent political speech on the subject I have ever heard, and a good primer on the issues. It is a measure of the man that he didn't simply disown Reverend Wright, but addressed the issue head on.


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Well done America

I still could not really believe as I went to bed last night that this would be the outcome.

What a happy awakening!!

Not only has America voted for their first African American president, they voted for a clearly intelligent and erudite man, something that after the last few elections, I thought would never happen again.

Howard said something very memorable to me the other day ....... If Obama gets in, two little black girls will call the White House home ....... 

I hope this is finally a resolution to some of America's appalling racial history.