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Selling the Public Domain

For only $3.50, you can buy 20 images already in the public domain.

Teachers Pay Teachers is a freewheeling online market where entrepreneurial educators sell lesson plans, powerpoints, and other didactic materials to each other. The site is a massive resource, with a blend of both free and paid content. It is big business, too. By their own account, the company has paid out nearly $80 million to [...]

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Getty Images Confronts Online Copyright Infringement With A Carrot – And A Stick

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Stock photography giant Getty Images took a gamble yesterday, releasing 35 million files for free non-commercial and editorial uses. Images are served in a YouTube-style embedder that displays a credit and links back to the licensing page at Getty. How does it work? Look around. I have used the embedder to display a few of [...]

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The awkward copyright collision of Fair Use and Creative Commons

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Here is a hypothetical copyright situation where Creative Commons, Fair Use, and Open Access collide in an unusual way to suppress the spread of information. Actually, no. Here is a real scenario. It happened to me twice in the past month, and several times over the past year. A scientist asks to include some of [...]

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In recognition of Public Domain Day, I am releasing these 30 photographs

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The full set- plus a few photos I released last year- are in my public domain gallery. They have also been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under a CC0 public domain license. Why? January 1st is Public Domain Day. As I explained earlier this month: …current copyright law ensures that most creative works, even from the [...]

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Public Domain Day: January 1st

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Every year, on the first of January, copyrights on certain older creative works expire and the works pass into the public domain. In 2014, for example, a selection of pieces by writer Beatrix Potter and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff will, in some countries, become open for anyone to use, for any purpose, without prior permission. To celebrate [...]

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Letters to my copyright infringers

Because you asked, these are real letters I have sent to people found using my photographs inappropriately. 1. The standard DMCA takedown I send about a dozen of these per week, usually to the web hosts of small pest control companies. Legally, these are supposed to be directed at the company running the web server, [...]

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Why are copyright lawsuits ridiculously big?

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The answer can be found in this recent report from the U.S. copyright office: …federal court is effectively inaccessible to copyright owners seeking redress for claims of relatively low economic value, especially individual creators who are of limited resources. It has been estimated that the median cost for a party to litigate a copyright infringement lawsuit with [...]

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The unseen cost of the internet sharing culture

“If you don’t want people to share your photo, don’t put it on the internet.” -vast numbers of people on the internet, 1995-2013 This refrain is among the most common threads in the great internet copyright wars. It’s a facile argument for its ignorance of 3rd party uploads and of the blind resharing of photos [...]

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Infringement, or Fair Use? Part II: the Opinioning.

Earlier, I presented four artworks derived from my photographs and asked your opinion as to whether each case could be defended as Fair Use.  Without lawsuits to force courts into a decision, there are no unambiguously correct answers. Predictably for such a contentious topic, your opinions spanned the gamut from all Fair Use to all [...]

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Infringement, or Fair Use? Have a look.

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As regular readers of this blog know, I contend with a great deal of unwanted commercial copying of my photographs. Most are unambiguous infringements: pest control companies pasting my photos onto their coupons, for example. But the copyright line gets fuzzier when artists trace my photographs into various derivatives. Copyright law in the United States [...]

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Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists

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Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and copyright which was packed to the gills. Moffat is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of [...]

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Learning the Art of Science Illustration

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to combine your love of science and art, there is a conference on the horizon that might just be the inspiration you’ve been waiting for. This summer in Boulder, CO, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is hosting its annual conference and it is not to be [...]

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Attribution is Catchy

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Credit is Due (The Attribution Song) by Question Copyright and artist-in-residence Nina Paley with Bliss Blood on vocals. By pairing an important message with a catchy tune, the point sticks with you far longer than a © symbol will. I focus a lot on attribution in my complaints about abuses of copyright in the science [...]

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What If All The Images Went Away

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Last week on Twitter and Facebook, I leveled criticisms at particular sites and railed against improper image use in science communication. Again. After arguing with (arguably) allies in science communication I was fed up. Fed up with the attitude that unattributed images are just a (small) sacrifice for the net good of science communication to [...]

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What Getty Can Teach Us About Copyright

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Last week Getty announced that they would release 35 million of their copyrighted images for editorial and commentary use with a handy embed tool. The system works a lot like the embed tool in YouTube and Vimeo videos – although the image can appear anywhere, it is very clear where it originated from and it’s [...]

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GoldieBlox Vs The Beastie Boys

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  Update: GoldieBlox have re-released the ad without the Beastie Boys parody and want to be BFF. Here’s the non-”let’s fight for our right to party” version of the Girls video.    

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Five Tips to Get You Started as a Science Artist

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Last month, my co-blogger Glendon Mellow wrote a great summary for scientists who are wondering how to go about hiring science illustrators. It was received with open arms in the research community (cool, they seem receptive) and made me think of the many, many inquiries I get each year from emerging science illustrators who want [...]

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Dress So Chic You Can See It From Space

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Since Bora Zivkovic first asked me to moderate a session back at ScienceOnline 2009, I’ve been hoping to instill the importance of imagery into the wider science communication conversation. And it’s been working, in fits and starts. One of the most enthusiastic advocates for bringing sciart into scicomm is thankfully also the Executive Director of ScienceOnline, [...]

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Bif! Bam! Pow! Microraptor Missing Creator Credit!

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I really don’t enjoy playing Internet Police. After this happened and this needed to be said, I don’t want to write another story about image misappropriation. About another brazen misuse of some science illustration. Le sigh. Oh wait, first rule of writing something impactful: start positive. Ok. Ahem. Once more unto the breach! In a [...]

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Mash-Up This! Science Communication’s Image Problem

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The promised Information Economy based on creative culture is a sweatshop. Award winning illustrators, fine artists, photographers, cartoonists and animators are routinely ripped off, mashed-up, and reshared without attribution, let alone money. “But it’s always been this way!” “Good luck changing the whole internet!”  It wasn’t supposed to be this way, and creators don’t have [...]

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