I applaud it. It’s great to have someone with a huge following standing up for the rights of creative people and making a stand against the corporate behemoths who have so much power they can make or break someone’s career.
Some may know that I’m very protective of my copyright. It is extremely important to me, and it’s no secret that I actively protect and enforce it. Why shouldn’t I? I work hard to produce my work, and if somebody thinks it’s worth making use of, then it’s only fair that I should be paid accordingly. In a Utopian society, it might be nice to think that everyone works for free and helps each other, but lets face it – life isn’t like that. The Government tax us, we have to pay to heat our homes and put fuel in our cars to get to our workplace… therefore it’s impractical, if not impossible to genuinely work for free.
So, recently I have been testing a new image search engine designed for photographers who wish to call in the lost license fees from their work which has been misappropriated.
As a ‘small’ test, I tried a batch of just over 5,000 images from my library. After a few hours, my report was ready, and to my horror, there were over 3000 matches.
That is a frightening statistic. 60% of my sample batch of images were found online. Now, that’s not to say that all 60% were infringing.. there were some images that looked very similar.. EXTREMELY similar.. taken by a photographer at the same event, stood right next to me.. thankfully though, I can still recognise my own images and can discount these from the infringing batch…
Daughters of Davis are made up of two sisters, Adrienne & Fern Davis who play music with an acoustic Soul/Folk vibe, and are about to embark on a set of UK dates supporting chart topping singer Sam Bailey.
While catching up on Facebook earlier this morning, a friend of mine had posted a snippet of his blog which appeared in my newsfeed.. When I finished the end of his blog post, I was greeted by a cluster of links to other news stories:
Following in a long line of prestigious Future Music winners, Heidi Browne from Market Drayton, Shropshire has been named as the winner of the national Open Mic UK competition at The NEC in Birmingham!
Heidi was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night taking home a recording and development deal. Her own original song G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D won over the judges making her the winner of the 21 and over age category and the overall winner of Open Mic UK 2014. Continue reading Heidi Browne Crowned The Open Mic UK Winner for 2014!→
NEW YORK, NY (December 11, 2013): 3:00 AM EDT/8:00 AM GMT/9:00 AM CET. – Parkwood Entertainment today announced new dates for THE MRS. CARTER SHOW WORLD TOUR 2014 starring BEYONCÉ. The five-week run will include performances in Portugal, the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Germany. The tour will play the LG Arena Birmingham on 23 February 2014. Continue reading Press Release: Beyoncé 2014 World Tour→