Photographers Boycott Coldplay


I just came across this article about the band Coldplay. Just who do they think they are? Apparently, if you manage to get a photography pass to one of their gigs, they will expect you to sign over all the copyright for any and all the pics that you take, to them.

Here is a quote from the website that brought this to my attention :
In case you hadn’t noticed, most rock photographers aren’t exactly rich. The fees they get for attending and photographing gigs are mostly risible. The only reason it’s worthwhile is because they can resell the images later as stock photos.
In this case, Coldplay wants that revenue for itself. It wants to profit from the skill and talent of the photographers. Just how rich do these guys need to be?
This is part of a larger trend, one that involves no small amount of hypocrisy. One the one hand, photographers’ clients are reducing fees, using amateurs (so-called citizen journalists, micro-stock etc). There’s a strong implication that the skills and artistic talent of photographers isn’t worth much – certainly not as much as it used to be.

I wonder what the band’s reaction to the pro photogs was in the early days, when they wanted and needed all the publicity they could get?

Check it out here: Webviant.com

FaceBook


The next chapter….
It now appears that FaceBook are back-stepping as fast as they can and have retracted their new TOS and have reverted back the the pre Feb 4th version. However, they are telling us that they still intend to make changes but will now give more thought! Surely ‘more thought’ should have come before the horse went galloping out of the stable?

What they need to understand is quite basic. Just because they provide a platform for us to supply information and the like to our friends, or even prospective clients, it doesn’t give them the right to have use of any of my scribblings, photos, jokes, music or whatever.

As I see it (and I may be wrong here) FaceBook will make a lot of money from all the advertising on their site. Advertisers will only pay to be seen on the site, if the site is successful, the site will only be successful because of the quality or otherwise, of our scribblings, photos etc.

Let’s see what is the next step.

Below is a statement I received today on my Facebook page:

Terms of Use Update
Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Facebook


I have just read a very interesting article on Fox about Facebook.

It is really quite unbelievable that in this day in the 21st Century that anyone, can take what is your personal property (intellectual or otherwise) and basically do whatever they like with it, without even consulting you. All because they listed it in their Terms of Service (TOS), which we all accepted when we joined and ticked the little box.

So that is it for me, I am taking all my stuff off and closing the account! Which would normally be OK, except in this instance, Facebooks’ TOS say’s that they have your material in perpetuity, even after you have taken it down, they have the right to archive the material and use it as and when they choose.

Apparently, in the old version of their TOS it stated that once you had left you were OK, your ‘stuff’ left with you. But this was prior to Feb 4th. Anything left on the site after that date is theirs to do with as they like.

Anyone who has anything they feel is of value (intellectual copyright) should be sure to read this article.
Check it out for yourself.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,494064,00.html

Dustman



Dustman
Originally uploaded by MarkieG

Lonnie Donegan and Mark Goodwin during performance of “My Old Man’s a Dustman. c 1971.
This pic just turned up out of the blue. I don’t know when or where it was taken or who the photographer was. However, I am very pleased because of all the pics I have of this time, I did not have one of Lonnie and I performing Dustman. This looks like it was taken under the stairs!…Maybe there was an air raid warning!!

Transporter Bridge Newport S.Wales



Transporter BrdgeNewport
Originally uploaded by MarkieG

I took this pic a number of years ago, with my first digital camera which was a 2 mp Sony Cybershot. A simple shot, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that it was selected by Explore as one of the 500 selected on October 25th. Furthermore, I entered this pic at the last minute for the Caldicot Camera Club, and won best print of the year!

All the other pics that I have taken with the £5,000 worth of camera gear hasn’t won anything as yet. What does that tell you?

Mitch Mitchell


A sad day today. Heard first thing this morning that Mitch Mitchell had been found dead in a hotel room in Oregon, USA. Apparently he was alone and died of natural causes, he was 61 and the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

We first met in a dance hall in Putney, London in about 1962 he was 15 and played so good. Although we only met up occasionally we remained good friends. I remember I sold him a bass drum beater I had in my trap case. It had a small round hardwood ball as the beater. As I was still using Calf skins and not plastic at that time, the beater kept smashing my bass drum heads, so I ditched it and just left in the case. Mitch saw it picked it up banged it on the stage floor with a tremendous thump, and said I gotta have this. I sold it to him for £2.00. When we met many years later in the late ’70’s I reminded him of the beater. He said he had used all through the Experience days and still used it to that day.

What a sad loss to the music industry, and it should be noted somewhere, by someone the influence that Mitch had on rock drumming and drummers throughout his career.

RIP

The Watchman




I have just finished shooting the last watch for my client MintVintageWatches.com I was quite pleased that as I was e-mailing him the photo-files, they were going straight onto ebay and were being sold. Which meant that the pics must have been not too bad!

However, that is the end of that contract for the moment, due to ‘credit crunch’ restrictions on the jewellery business.

Custom design and jewellery repair

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