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Russell Watkins

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  1. 1 hour ago, Joseph Clemson said:

    That looks quite frightening to me, the notion that a news photograph has no creativity or originality and is therefore not worthy of copyright seems to have the potential to blow out of the water the ability of freelance press photographers to earn a living from their work. Thank you for highlighting this, though I have no idea what can be done about it.


    No more Pulitzer Prizes then.

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  2. On 12/07/2021 at 11:22, Richard Tadman said:

    This is a somewhat bizarre twist on the issue of copyright which is frequently debated on this forum.


    Of, course it's instigated in the USA so perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise.


    One wonders what she'd do (or her record company would do) if a photo agency used one of her tracks without permission as backing music for an Insta post.

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  3. 22 hours ago, geogphotos said:

    So why wasn't this known to Alamy in December 2020?


    At that time we were told that no commission change was necessary to fund these planned developments because they could be paid for from increased sales.


    Two options:


    1) Alamy doesn't know what it is doing so has had to reverse what we were told six months ago

    2) Alamy knows full well what it is doing and decided not to tell us about it in advance


    So as I've said all along, cock-up or conspiracy.


    Either way, it doesn't bode well.

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  4. 47 minutes ago, sb photos said:

    I would agree with you, they cut journalists and even more so photographers extensively, like much of the local press. A Mail photographer I knew, Yuri Anderegg, was made redundant long ago, he was very bitter.   Last saw him in Grove years ago. Another photographer I’ve known longer had his shifts cut, and sadly passed away from a heart attack a few years ago. He mainly covered sport for them. All now have cut services to the bone.


    My local paper crowdsources its photography under the guise of a "Readers' Photography Club".


    Lots of free "good enough" quality photos with which they fill their pages.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Bryan said:

    I have the misfortune to have to drive the M62 between Leeds and Manchester fairly regularly Russell.  When we travel It's generally very busy and over the bank holiday weekend exceptionally so.  I almost always spot signs of motoring madness. On the last occasion, a caravan - being towed at well over the regulation 60 mph - overtook me and then pulled in sharply, so close that I had to head for the hard shoulder to avoid a collision. I'm not one to use the horn, but that did call for a blast. Not sure what these people are on. It feels much safer on the  sections where there are regular overhead speed cameras and speed limits imposed depending upon the traffic density.  The normal scenario is a slow lane full of trucks and both of the outer lanes busy. You get the cowboys weaving between the lanes.   We did pass the remnants of a collision, with several damaged vehicles on the hard shoulder. 


    Ideally I would drive with the cruise control set to the speed limit, and would love to have an empty road and be in the inside lane, but it is rarely thus.


    I meant specifically the overtaking on the inside. In general, I'm not sure if I've seen an increase in that particular behaviour. There have always been idiots that weave between lanes.


    I know that stretch of M62 well and agree that it's a challenging drive, both eastbound and westbound. 

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  6. 3 hours ago, Bryan said:

    Here's an interesting clip from BBC News - for those who can access it.


    I've a tale to tell about undertaking and it was me doing the undertaking.  Crawling along in the inside lane and towing my caravan with near gridlock conditions, the outer lanes slowed below my speed so I continued trundling along rather faster than the middle lane - as you are allowed to do in those circumstances - when ,  lo and behold, a car suddenly swerved over into the slow lane right in front of me, either not looking before moving, or maybe fancying a whiplash claim on my insurance.  I jammed on the anchors, feeling that I  must hit him, and/or the outfit jackknife.  Fortunately neither occurred, but it was a very close call and I lost rubber from the tyres.


    Another tale . I was driving along a main road  that had narrowed to a single lane, coming out of a 50 mph zone. Joining the road from the left was a 30 mph road. The two  merged into a dual carriageway. I was about to drop over into the inside lane when a car shot out from the 30 mph lane and undertook me. He must have been doing at least 70.  Needless to say he went on weaving through the busy traffic, a boy racer, or buffoon.  Had I not checked my mirror, disaster. 


    Undertaking is a recipe for trouble. Overtaking a road hog in the middle lane always use the outer lane.  Two wrongs don't make a right.


    I've been driving for over 50 years, fortunately never had a serious accident, but many narrow escapes.  It's taken a while, but I've learned to put safety first.


    Don't worry, I wasn't telling you what I do (37 years driving experience, and like you, no serious accidents).


    I was merely saying that overtaking on the inside is not actually an offence. So it's not actually a "wrong" though some may think it's misguided.


    There's also a big grey area between 3 or 4 lanes of congested congested traffic moving slowly and the lane outside you moving slower than you, often because it's occupied by a bunch of lane 2/3 hoggers. 

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