Thought I’d help spread the word about possible dangers of a couple of bills going through US congress, add my voice to the crowd so to speak.
If you’re not sure what this is about – check out this video – it’s well put.
So an example would be – if the above video happens to have some music that is copyrighted (I doubt it of course) then I could be sued for just sharing it! Just sharing it!
Of course – this isn’t what the bill is really designed for, but so often in history certain government legislations “designed” for one thing have been used for another. E.g. who in London hasn’t been stopped and searched ? And did those stop London bombings – no. Plus if these large companies had that level of control…. could end very badly in the litigation company of the US.
As a photographer of sorts – copyright and IP rights is an important issue – however I feel this is a case of using a sledgehammer to put in a screw. It’s the wrong way of going about it and far in excess of what’s needed. As the video shows – there are already ways and means of dealing with such issues.
So…. if I have any US readers – please write to your Congress now to show your disapproval. And for the rest of us – share the message.
Who? You may ask….
And to be honest – even though I’m quite the photography fan – that was my reaction also.
I openly admit I don’t know many photography “names” and much less so current than past famous photographers. So it’s caught my attention when I’ve started to read the name of Tim Hetherington quite a bit of late – both in June’s Professional Photographer Magazine in several different articles (one about him, another about great British photographer) and just now in this article here : http://fadedandblurred.com/spotlight/photographer-spotlight-tim-hetherington/
To give you the very abridged version of why he’s made the news recently – alas Tim Hetherington was one of the journalists/photographers killed in Libya recently (20 April 2011) while covering the conflict/human rights abuses there and travelling with rebel/revolution forces.
I’m aware of the old names in this field – your Robert Capa’s and Don McCullin’s (whom I didn’t realise comes from Finsbury Park and is still alive) but not those of recent times. I only found out who Kevin Carter was after reading Bang Bang club. But is seems that Tim Hetherington has been quite the photographer, journalist and videographer – even producing a Oscar nominated film: Restrepo (!), and winning the World Press Photo competition in 2007 – something I HAVE vaguely followed
So why am I posting ? Well I guess this article just hit a chord. Partially inspiration to make a difference but also to go look up more of Tim Hetherington’s work – as well as being very talented and revered by his peers he sounded like a good person, one that wanted to make a difference to show the world what was going on. I’m not a writer so can’t write something so eloquent as that article – so I’d suggest you do go and have a read yourself – won’t take long.
In the mean time I’m going to add Restrepo to my LoveFilm list
http://www.lovefilm.com/film/Restrepo/152143/ (Trailer included)