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Unread post by PRWIN » Wed May 08, 2013 9:22 am

Europe has passed a new law on Orphaned works. In a nutshell, Any image that is found on the internet without metadata stating the images owner and copywrite or watermarked so that the owner can easily be identified and contacted are now considered orphaned works and thereby free to be used by anyone in any way they wish, including commercially.
Social media sites automatically strip your metadata from images (presumably so the images are smaller) however, this leaves them free for the taking unless strongly watermarked. Read more here. ... instagra...
This includes your personal photographs of family and friends.

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Re: Take Note

Unread post by lion queen » Wed May 08, 2013 9:39 am

PRWIN, not good news!!!

Your link is however not working........."404 error not found" message.
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Re: Take Note

Unread post by Imax » Wed May 08, 2013 12:07 pm

Thank PRWIN,

Not good news, but also leads to many questions. this is a UK law, but aplies to a global web applications. Does this give UK companies the rights to photos placed by people in other countries where more stringent rights do exist?

The fact is that placing your pics on the web remains open to pilfering, and in most cases regardless of law the photographer will be none the wiser unless seeing his pic being used elsewhere. Website linking to images are very difficult to stop, but at least one can discourage printed usage by posting smaller lower resolution pics, especially making sure that the photos Dpi setting are beloww 200, if not 150, which renderes it useless for printing, but still good enough for most screens.

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Re: Take Note

Unread post by timbo » Tue May 14, 2013 12:58 am

Another reason why I resize my images to 800- 1200pixel on the longest side, 72dpi which is perfect for screen but cannot be used for print and have a watermark on anything I post up

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