I stopped sending any pictures to the BBC. What is the point of adding copyright information to the EXIF data if they just strip it out?
The UK's Copyright Hub, designed for high-volume legit trading of copyrighted material, will launch in July. Ultimately the service will allow individual Brits to, for example, easily license music to use in wedding videos, cat photos for calendars or illustrations for books. But not just yet. Its chairman Richard Hooper …
What's your thinking, here? Do you want to share your photos of something newsworthy or not? Do you really think they're worth something after the news has gone stale?
Not trolling, genuinely interested. If I captured some interesting moment and shared it to the world, a simple credit would do, and life's too short to worry about copyright once it's Out There.
If I had managed an absolutely historic shot somehow, I'd be negotiating the rights properly rather than just sending it in free.
"I'd be negotiating the rights properly rather than just sending it in free."
The problem is that most people don't realise that, by sending stuff into the BBC, they're effectively giving it to them for free in perpetuity, let alone have any idea *how* to negotiate the rights properly.
Of course it's not in the BBC's interests to tell them about this...
> If I had managed an absolutely historic shot somehow, I'd be negotiating the rights properly rather than just sending it in free.
By definition, nobody knows if an image will be a "historic shot" or not until many years after the image has been taken.
Would you be happy if a photo, which you had sent to the BBC for free, got included in a top-selling compilation book, with the note "copyright BBC" or "public domain"? Or would you be demanding recognition and remuneration?
"Q.Will licensors have to pay to sell their work through the Hub?
We are still exploring various mechanisms for financing the on-going operations of the Hub"
So that'll be a yes then. Why waste an opportunity to make money from both the licensor and the customer? After all, storage is sooo expensive these days..
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