June 07, 2006

Intellectual Property

Follow-up to The BBC Stole My Photo!!! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Shortly after I posted the entry on my stolen photo I found a form on the BBC website for submitting an official complaint, and used it. Since then I've been systematicallly sharing the details with any of my housemates that seemed interested. One of my housemates, however, doesn't seem to be able to grasp my reasons for complaining to the BBC. This suprised me; I cannot see any reasons why I shouldn't complain. I automatically have the right to dictate how any of my photos are used (I love copyright) and it seems like he's saying there's no real reason why I should exercise it.
I was recently contacted by WA Shearings who wanted to know if they could use the photo of Bowes Museum I'd uploaded to Flickr in their 2007 brochure. I said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Sure, give me the credit for the photo and that'll be fine". That, BBC, is how you use people's photos…
It's not as if there wasn't enough time to get in touch; I uploaded the photo to Flickr last November, and it'd been on my website for a year before that.
I have absolutely no regrets about complaining, and cannot see where my friend is coming from. Is there anyone else that shares his opinion? I just cannot see his logic. It reminds me of a recent entry on the Dilbert Blog – basically his argument makes perfect sense to him in his little world, and my argument makes perfect sense to me in my little world, but both become meaningless garbage in the other person's little world.

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  1. If it were me, I wouldn't really care, but I think you're right to complain about it if it bothers you. It was probably just a lazy reporter though, rather than a policy of the BBC.

    I've never had a response from the BBC when I've complained about something (a few inaccurate news stories) using that form. Very lacking in courtesy they are.

    07 Jun 2006, 22:52

  2. It's not that I mind them using it, as such, it's the fact that they didn't ask me; if they'd asked me first we could have come to some arrangement and avoided all this hassle…

    07 Jun 2006, 23:53

  3. Apparently what you should do in these situations is to send them an invoice for using your copyrighted photo; they know full well they're in the wrong so they tend to pay out without a fuss. Could be a nice way to get £500 or so :–)

    08 Jun 2006, 09:39

  4. I got a response to the offical complaint a couple of days ago, it can basically be summed up by the final paragraph:

    I'm really sorry you feel so strongly about the sign being included in the show. I have passed on your details to the copyright department and they will make the appropriate payment to you.

    Strictly it's my photo of the sign I feel strongly about them using, not the sign itself, but if all goes well I think I'll be happy with this…

    08 Jun 2006, 10:14

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