[Air-L] distributed imagery and copyright [Air-L Digest, Vol 66, Issue 20]

paul caplan praxis at theinternationale.com
Wed Jan 20 00:47:07 PST 2010

Of course the use of an image by a Media (Big or 'Citizen') as an 
element in a piece of commercial, or even non-commercial journalism is 
an issue. Leaving aside the lack of professionalism as well as the 
legality, here the issue is one of using an image (without consent) 
because the image's 'meaning' (sic) is needed for the story.

The question I am working through is what happens when the image(s) 
'used' (in a non-commercial, critical 'artwork') are being included not 
for what they signify as an individual image but because they are part 
of a distributed stream or flow where. It is the stream of media that is 
being brought in that is the subject.

How, for instance do we understand 
or indeed the Yahoo Pipes Aggergator I have put together: 


On 19/01/2010 23:00, air-l-request at listserv.aoir.org wrote:
> Message: 4
> Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:34:15 +0530
> From: Mridula<mridula at gmail.com>
> To:air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-L] distributed imagery and copyright (was: a
> 	question of	open source ethics)
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> 	<459bd09b1001182104j6bbf0efam767695eefa93c23f at mail.gmail.com>
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> The issue with the independent ended up by the paper apologizing for the use
> of the 'all rights reserved' photo.
> Here is more on it the British Journal of Photography-
> http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=872764
> To me (as a less than amateur photographer) the issue is very clear. When I
> post something under 'all rights reserved' that is how it should remain. If
> someone asked me permission for the use of a photograph and they are not for
> profit, I ask for a credit and let them use it. If it is a commercial site I
> ask for token money and usually in India you never hear from them again.
> In this part some of us use 'all rights reserved' to initiate a
> conversation. I once found, and not so long back, a photo of mine in an
> Indian national newspaper's Sunday supplement after cropping out (c) Mridula
> D from the image. Hence, the hesitation to use creative commons, that it
> would be taken as an excuse by everyone to use pictures.
> Regards,
> Mridula

paul caplan
content to be different
the Internationale
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