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The "little-known" Lampeter campus of the University of Wales is certainly now familiar to Steven Spielberg's lawyers after they fired off a letter to the seat of learning accusing it of using the director's image without his permission. The offending snap appeared as part of a "collation of pictures" of course students, the …


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  1. A J Stiles
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    It has already been established that any "IP rights" that may be inherent in a photograph belong to the photographer, *not* the subject. A black mark to the University of Wales for bowing down to the whims and caprices of fools.

  2. Robin


    Glad they clamped down on that one, who knows what would have happened!

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  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Proof that lawyers should be first against the wall when the revolution comes ...

    ( .. closely followed by politicians and traffic wardens )

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Slow news day?

    This was in the local rag (Cambrian News) a week ago. Clearly ET had difficulty navigating to the Indie's offices with the story ...

  6. Dabooka

    Why's he being used to push scriptwriting?

    Close Encounters is going back a bit isn't it? Maybe they should have used George instead, although after Crystal Skulls maybe not.

  7. The Fuzzy Wotnot
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    MIssion accomplished!

    No such thing as bad publicity!

  8. James Condron
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    ...What a twat... What an absolute twat. Not to mention the lawyers. Yeah, if they'd put his face on a poster or leaflet with something offensive on, you could maybe see why someone would complain, or maybe (if you let your mind go slack) why a cease-and-desist would be needed, but under the title 'Film Maker'?

    What a twat.

    Paris, because we all know where ET *really* wants to stick his glowing finger

  9. Jeremy


    "We're very pleased to see our marketing techniques have such a far reach."

    "Such a far reach"?! You should be able to expect better from a place of learning...


  10. Pete Burgess

    I can kinda see his point here

    Let the flames against me commence, but I can kind of see his point here. By including his image on the leaflet could suggest that he endorses the course, which is quite a good reason for a C&D response, IMHO...

  11. Neoc

    I agree with Spielberg.

    The campus was trying to get publicity using his fame.

    Now, on the other hand, if it could be proven that he *did* attend the campus, all bets are off.

  12. Andy Bright


    Very true statement, however that still means they were in breach of copyright law as they didn't have the permission of the photographer to reproduce the image.

    Still you have to ask what the harm was in using an image of Spielberg. Only the completely retarded would have thought that he was in some way connected to the course. It's not like they were saying you would be personally taught by him or that he endorsed the course in any way.

    It was more of a "Hey you want to be the next Spielberg? Well you could do worse than start with a screen writing course at our University."

  13. Angus

    @Pete Burgess

    I think you are right, I bet that was why the C&D was sent. As to if it was likely that any one viewing the leaflet may have thought that he endorsed the said course is another matter. Since I haven't seen it I cannot say.

  14. Fozzy


    Speilberg to promote scriptwriting, Didn't anyone there see crystal skull. On a related note I got to catch the south park episode they did on the movie. It is the first time I can say that south park DID NOT GO FAR ENOUGH

  15. g e

    Image ownership?

    Assuming they had perms from the photog for image use, am I right assuming you don't own your own image under UK law anyway, like in the US? Or is that the other way round... :o?

    Surely Getty/iStock/Alamy have stocks of Stealberg anyway which don't need his permission?

    Also as a 'public figure' surely he has jeff all rights unless they were linking his image with some sort of unsavoury content?

    Take any reference of him out of the courses and just forget him in a Merlin-forgets-Mab kinda way, maybe he'll cease to exist with luck ;o)

  16. Anonymous Coward

    @Andy Bright

    "they were in breach of copyright law as they didn't have the permission of the photographer to reproduce the image"

    Where does the story say that they didn't have permission of the copyright holder of the photograph?

    Oh, it doesn't.

  17. Lyndon Barry

    If you think

    he actually saw the leaflet and told his lawyers about it, then I've got a bridge to sell in that London Town.

    More than likely, someone saw the leaflet, sent a letter to his agent who passed it onto the lawyer without SS's involvement. Even more than likely, the lawyers sent a standardised "Cease & desist" letter which always threatens legal action. The most Spielberg would know is probably a letter from his agent/lawyer to say "a university in X was using your image without permission, we sent a C&D letter" and that's it.

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    All this assumes that everyone would recognize Spielberg. I've no idea what he looks like and I suspect a rather large percentage of the population are the same.

    As the lawyers probably get paid for work undertaken on Spielberg's behalf it's more likely a case of the them firing off a letter just to charge him some totally disproportionate fee without having even having consulted him about it. This amount gets lost amongst other details is paid without further question.

    Hopefully Spielberg will now get to hear about it and will ask questions.

  19. Anonymous Coward
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    As an ex-Lampeter student I can assure you that nobody famous ever went there apart from that chap who ate his mum.

    Still, the beer was cheap and the courses were undemanding.

  20. Rachel


    they're raping indiana jones! george lucas and steven spielberg....

    i know what i saw.

  21. Gordon Pryra

    I liked Indy 4

    but thats just me

  22. James Pickett

    Temple of doom

    "of course as soon as we heard from Mr Spielberg's lawyers we destroyed all the leaflets"

    Spineless twits. What did they think was going to happen if they didn't?

    At least I now know where to tell my son not to apply...

  23. Anonymous Coward


    University of Wales should print the leaflet with "This course excludes any work by STEVEN SPIELBERG" on every page. This both borrows his fame as well as gets rid of his trash from the curriculum.

    Mine's the one with a whip in the pocket... Uh, that doesn't sound right

  24. weirdcult
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    i was going to say what a twat but Neil Hanvey beat me to it.

  25. n


    IP?......more like false advertising!

    How many of it's graduates went on to be Hollywood film makers?

    How many are currently on the dole or a tax payer funded script writing job creation scheme (BBC)?

  26. mittfh


    You're right - no-one with a significant profile went to Lampeter. Mind you, it's not exactly the easiest place to get to, and it hasn't been unheard of for freshers attempting to reach Lampeter to turn up at Aber and ask if they'd arrived at Lampeter...

    (Speaking from experience - I attended Aber, during Freshers Week in my 2nd year someone turned up wondering if they were in Lampeter...)

  27. Gordon Crawford

    lies lies and more lies

    typical college lies or usual bad wording from the press

    "Although of course as soon as we heard from Mr Spielberg's lawyers we destroyed all the leaflets and sent Mr Spielberg a personal letter of apology."

    all the leaflets? what about this one in my hands? the Lawyers? the other students?the one every one saved when they were told to hand them in?

    how about, "we destroyed all the ones in our possession "

    ok , rant done

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