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Every time a bride cries a photographer gets rightly sued

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Just right on cue since the a thread was opened on the 450D flickr forum “EOS450D Good enough for Weddings?”. A photographer was sued!

Check the link out.

BBC NEWS UK

The photographer had been sued for taking (and to be honest they are) terrible pictures and awful video for a wedding!

Just a lesson to be learned. If your gonna take some one’s money for making photos. Be good at what you do…

Watch out for the BBC

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Today on the BBC.co.uk I saw an ad that said “your pictures, your world. Send us your photos”

It caught my interest as I always look over the “your images” section in each region of the UK because it can give me some insperation.

The basic idea is that you just send in your pictures, you can match the monthly themes or just take pictures of current events.

No competition so you win nothing. But you can get bragging rights!

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7746570.stm

So now to the terms and conditions ON THAT PAGE!

Terms and conditions

If you submit an image, you do so in accordance with the BBC’s

Terms and Conditions.

In contributing to BBC News you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. This may include the transmission of the material by our overseas partners; these are all reputable foreign news broadcasters who are prohibited from altering the material in any way or making it available to other UK broadcasters or to the print media. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)

It’s important to note, however, that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to BBC News and that if your image and/or video is accepted, we will endeavour to publish your name alongside it on the BBC News website. Please note that due to operational reasons this accreditation will probably not be possible with video. The BBC cannot guarantee that all pictures and/or video will be used and we reserve the right to edit your comments.

At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

You can choose any subject to photograph, but don’t forget to ask permission from parents or guardians if the subject is under 16.

These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Now although I hate the “In contributing to BBC News you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide.” part, it still means you hold some rights to the image. Later they explain you still hold copywrite.

So we move on to the next part. “This may include the transmission of the material by our overseas partners; these are all reputable foreign news broadcasters who are prohibited from altering the material in any way or making it available to other UK broadcasters or to the print media. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)” Meaning that they wont change what you submit in any way and they wont give or sell to any other media group or publication but see T&C for full terms……………

Notice my long pause…. I read the FULL T&C link they provided!

www.bbc.co.uk/terms/

Contributions to the BBC

6. By sharing any contribution (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) with the BBC you agree to grant to the BBC, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way it wants (including modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) for BBC services in any media worldwide (including on the BBC’s site accessed by international users). In certain circumstance the BBC may also share your contribution with trusted third parties*.

That means they do in fact get to change your material… I mean cropping I get if the image does not fit but what is “editorial reasons”? Reading on again, “in certain circumstance the BBC may also share your contribution with trusted third parties” They just told us before that they wont share with third parties? But in the full terms they say with can if they want too…

I clicked the link to submit a photo and looked for the T&C agreement details… “By sending your content, you agree to our
Terms and Conditions”
the link goes to www.bbc.co.uk/terms/ meaning they can do what they want except sell the images.

Your not agreeing to the bull in the first page but rather the more open terms I have an issue with…

BAD BBC! BAD!