Zack Arias Photography Q&A: Pricing for Commercial Use.
If you’ve ever been approached and asked for commercial use of your images, you need to read this one.
Photo Attorney: Travel as Far Away as You Can from this Rights Grab.
“Entrant acknowledges and agrees that: (a) Sponsor [defined as Scripps Networks, LLC] is the sole and exclusive owner, in perpetuity and throughout the world, of all right, title, and interest in and to the Submission, including, without limitation, all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights in and to the Submission (and all renewals and extensions thereof now or hereafter provided by law) and all the rights therein and thereto; …” If you enter contests and such, you’d better darned well read ALL that fine print. These outfits want to make the big grab. I’ve had requests for some of my photos through Flickr … every single one, a big firm that could easily afford to pay the proper rate. They want to use my photography for a credit line (as payment). The fine print? All rights. NO WAY. I don’t do supplicating ignorant peon.
SF New Mexican: State police documents detail teen’s drug death at foam party.
“… they didn’t try to stop her because ‘they were not her parents and cannot tell her what to do’ …” I can’t read the whole thing on the New Mexican; paywall. Perhaps you can. Here’s another link from a local TV station.
14 years old. Choose the wrong friends, you can end up dead. I used to think ‘helicopter parenting’ was a bad thing. Now I wonder. How on earth can you raise a child safely in today’s culture? Major props, current parents.
The Nation: Rape Settlement at Occidental College: Victims Barred from Campus Activism.
“Under the federal civil rights complaint filed last year, the thirty-seven said the school had ‘deliberately discouraged victims from reporting sexual assaults, misled students about their rights during campus investigations, retaliated against whistle-blowers, and handed down minor punishment to known assailants who in some cases allegedly struck again.’” I would have a very hard time accepting a gag rule … only if the perps’ names were made public.
RiaNovosti: Argument About Philosopher Ends With Russian Shot in Head.
I’ve been purposely ignoring this link, but can do so no more. I Kant believe it!
KRQE: Foam party promoter has criminal past.
We continue to wait for poor Hannah’s toxicology report. I would say this is no special surprise. Promoters can be a shady bunch. Subcontractors should be specified, and have their own background checks.
Washington Post: How can we tolerate another mass shooting?
“Mass shootings are becoming as American as apple pie and baseball. And that’s almost as appalling as the mounting casualties.” We’ve heard it all before, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bear repeating.
NY Times: A Young Fan Dies of an Apparent Overdose at Music Festival in Australia.
Law enforcement needs to step up. DEA? Whatever is necessary to get the drug dealers’ lockhold released. Cities need to look at their devil’s bargain between pumping up empty venues with easy money and the morality of enabling easy access to drugs. No more young people should die.
After a quick Google, perhaps this is more evidence of the effects of sequestration. DEA’s active enforcement is reduced by 35%, according to that link. No wonder we’re seeing a recent uptick of overdoses.
DP Review: American Society of Media Photographers warns about new Facebook T&Cs.
“The American Association of Media Photographers has warned its members to ‘beware’ Facebook’s proposed new terms of service, which - it claims - would allow the social media giant to ‘exploit your name, likeness, content, images, private information, and personal brand by using it in advertising and in commercial and sponsored content - without any compensation to you’.”
Not unexpected, I suppose. This may end my sojourn on Facebook. Somewhat fun (in spurts) while it lasted. I can’t say as I’ll miss it, if I drop off the service. It’s become less and less interesting over time.
AgileBlog: 1Password and The Crypto Wars.
ReadWrite: Encrypting Your Data? The NSA May See It Anyway.
WaPo: U.S. dismisses U.N. inspections in Syria of alleged chemical weapons sites.
“The United States has long been among the foremost champions of U.N. inspections. Hans Blix, who led U.N. inspections in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era, said the United States has for decades served as one of the world’s greatest political and financial supporters of the inspections process. But its enthusiasm has waned when inspections have complicated U.S. military objectives.” Prior to the Republican volte-face on ‘nation-building’ and ‘being the world’s police force’, we used to let the UN do its job (mostly).
Guardian.UK: NSA surveillance—National Rifle Association backs ACLU challenge.
Seattle PI: Cherokee girl’s case goes to Okla. Supreme Court.
I’ve only watched this in bits and bytes, so I may not be commenting from definitive info. But I can comment on what I know from being involved with adoptions. What weirds me out about this is the fact that there’s any case here at all. In NJ, you can’t put a child up for adoption without getting the father’s consent (or consent of father’s parents or guardian if underage). If the father (‘absent’ or not) - or even members of the father’s family - wanted custody of the child, they’d get it. The natural parents had leverage, the leverage of blood, that’s incontestable. Adoptive parents come second, even if affluent and influential. If the father signed away his rights, he hasn’t a hoot’s chance in hell of getting that child back.
Why was the father not involved in the original adoption? Why did he have to ‘win custody’ when she was 2? Why make this poor child a legal football? Sounds like someone wants to open the tap to Native American child adoption by Caucasians, through an ‘edge case.’ This particular edge case is a child … one that will have to live with the fallout. That’s a hefty burden to bear, for those who have eyes to see, ears to hear. Used as a legal precedent, a great number of hefty burdens will appear.
NY Times: Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama.
What you do when your platform is a shambles.
emptywheel: Bradley Manning’s Sentence, Parole and Appeal Implications.
ProPublica: What NSA Transparency Looks Like.
Looks like a redacted redaction. This is … post-useful.
Forbes: How An African ‘Princess’ Banked $3 Billion In A Country Living On $2 A Day.
Photo Attorney: Seventh Circuit Provides Interesting Comments About Photos of Sculptures.
Think twice before selling photographs that contain artworks or sculptures.
NY Times: One Queens Painter Created Forgeries That Sold for Millions, U.S. Says.
“… federal prosecutors say that most, if not all, of the 63 ballyhooed works — which fetched more than $80 million in sales — were painted in a home and garage in Queens by one unusually talented but unknown artist who was paid only a few thousand dollars apiece for his handiworks.” Fodder for a good mystery novel, methinks.
Guardian.UK: Fifteenth-century icons stolen from Devon church.
“Two of the most perfectly preserved panels, depicting St Victor of Marseille and St Margaret of Antioch, were hacked out of the screen and a third image, of a female saint, was damaged before the thieves abandoned the attempt to remove it.” Any damp, dark dungeons nearby, to use on these perps?
PS Mag: The Future for Carlos Danger—When Do Political Scandals Go Too Far?
Going beyond this idiocy, I’d love for there to be some sort of consequence for politicians who open their mouths and spew gross inaccuracies. If a Congressperson says the world is flat, should they be able to continue to hold office? I don’t think so.
SF New Mexican: Lawmakers to Gov. Martinez: not so fast on behavioral health.
“The LFC acknowledges there are legitimate concerns about fraud, abuse and mismanagement of taxpayer funds by behavioral health providers. But the department has not provided sufficient data for the committee to understand the type of transgressions and dollar amounts that would warrant the replacement of so many New Mexico providers.” It’s about time SOMEBODY looked into this more seriously. Apparently the Republicans in North Carolina are trying the same shtick. I wonder how many other states will be subject to this subterfuge. And where’s the investigative journalism on all this??!!
ArtDaily: Experts investigating Rotterdam heist find remains of at least three oil paintings.
“Four of the stolen canvases were oil paintings, while the other three — including Monet’s ‘Waterloo Bridge’ and Picasso’s ‘Tête d’Arlequin’ — would be impossible to identify if burned as they were either pastel or coloured ink on paper, Oberlaender-Tarnoveanu said.” Sounds like our worst fears are realized. Stick Mom in a dungeon; her actions were much worse than her son’s mere theft.