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Association of Photographers asks The Photographers’ Gallery to pay for unauthorised use of photo

It’s all happening today… I’m supposed to be heading to Cardiff in Wales in a couple of hours to deliver some training on blogs and blogging and need to get my next post ready, but this came in just now and I had to post it. It pays to be vigilant and raises questions about image uploads on Flickr and user ethics regarding images put up on third-party sites. Photographers need to get it out there but they also need to be savvy about protecting and tracking the images.
I also wonder how this came to light? Did the photographer track the image then report it? Did someone else? I’ll have to wait and see..

Here’s the letter in its entirety.

Brett Rogers
The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

Dear Ms Rogers
It is with very great concern that we note the unauthorised use of a photograph made by John Goldsmith titled ‘Porcelain’ which resides on his Flickr Photostream and which has been used as part of a computer-generated impression to promote and publicise the new Photographers’ Gallery building.

As a trade body representing professional photographers, working to promote best practice and securing and protecting the rights of photographers everywhere, we are sure that you would not condone such a breach of a creator’s rights and would join with us in condemning what amounts to theft of someone else’s intellectual property.

We trust that as an organisation dedicated to promoting the best in photography, you are equally committed to respecting and honouring the rights of others, and will ensure that the photographer is paid the commercial rate for the use of his image as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely
The Association of Photographers


Photo News: Art of Giving competition winner, call for Kodachrome entries and Magnum professional practice workshop

© Edward Bowman, Art of Giving winner 2010, Photography

A quick roundup of some news from Art of Giving on the winner in the Photography category, a call for entries by the Association of Photographers (AOP) of Kodachrome images and Magnum London calls for applications for a series of weekend events on professional practice aimed at professional photographers. Sunday 18 October deadline date for Magnum workshop and 18 November for Kodachrome show.

The winners of the Art of Giving competition at the Saatchi Gallery have been announced. The competition is split into three categories: Painting and Drawing, Sculpture and Photography. Edward Bowman was awarded first prize in the Photography category.

Bowman, who graduated from the University of Derby with an MA in Photography, and from the University of Westminster with an MA in Design and Media Arts get’s his inspiration from the past, “My work is entirely about the past. A search for what has been lost – around the theme absence.” He has taken photographs in India, China and Egypt. He currently lives in London.

Thirty shortlisted artists from the Art of Giving Competition showed work to raise money for charity through the sale of art. Comedian Vic Reeves, Photographer Terry O’Neill and Artist Christian Furr judged the competition.

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