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AMD wrote:Of course, if everyone followed the "letter of the law" regarding use of photos, resources, model releases, etc., there would be few shows made and posted, I would think. It certainly gives one "cause to pause" for sure.
Well maybe, but it wouldn't have to be that way. It would however mean folks would have to get more creative about the content -- either find legitimately used content or make it. Just might result in more creative, better shows too.
What I don't understand about copyright is that when we take a picture of something, we own the copyright...but we don't necessarily own what we photograph, so whoever owns that land with the beautiful tree that we took a picture of in the most perfect sunset...isn't really ours to take a photograph of...do we owe the landowner royalities?
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I find it stunning that so many people place such a low value on the work of artists and such a high value on a new pair of shoes.
Without copyright, there'd be precious little music or art or literature. Those who are in the arts have families with physical needs just like our own, and they deserve to be paid for their work just as much as we do.
Copyright is certainly a royal pain when we're in need of that special piece of music. I'll probably not forget being told by the company handling the affairs of Edgar Winter that, for a fee of $1000, I could use "Frankenstein" for a show I wanted to submit to Photodex for one of their contests. Needless to say, I never submitted the show. Right there is our biggest problem with copyright: the cost of getting permission.
Anywhere you are allowed to be in public you are allowed to take pictures. If the work is copyrighted (such as a statue or painting) then you need the copyright owners permission. In most cases unless there is some large sort of money involved; there is usually no problem in taking pictures of such items. If your pictures never make it out of your photo album, or personal slide shows then you would have no problem. If your pictures aired on CBS then you may have an issue. In general most artists really are flattered by people wanting to take personal pictures; even for a small presentation. It is when there is money to be made and they are not getting a slice of the pie you see the legal papers flying.
I wish I had a better answer, but this is something I leave to our legal department. I will admit I have gotten pretty good about discerning what is and what is not acceptable, but it is mostly intuition and not because I am an expert.
the picture or video does not tell you what software or hardware you used; it only tells the story, it will only reveal what the eye sees.
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