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  1. I have been an Australian CFA volunteer firefighter for many years now, unfortunately at the last state election a the volunteer fire brigade was used as a political football by the conservative side of government, a faction of the brigade organization and the Murdoch press. It was messy destructive and divided the members along party lines.

    I have just found that the Liberal party ( the conservatives) have used one of my photos to support their cause, I am somewhat upset about this as it both removes income from my family and their advertising is what I would call "Fake news".

    Any suggestions as to how best deal with this ?

    I am of the opinion that since money is their greatest motivator money needs to be involved in the settlement, were this your photo and your political views had been somewhat insulted,


    What would you be asking for as reparation ?
















    what would you be asking for ?


    Anti-Piracy Group Caught Pirating Song For Anti-Piracy Ad... Corruption Scandal Erupts In Responsefrom the wow deptThe Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is one of the most aggressive of the anti-piracy groups out there. So there's some amusement in watching as it gets caught up in a scandal that started when it pirated music for an anti-piracy campaign. BREIN had asked musician Melchoir Rietveldt to compose a song for a video that was only to be used at a local film festival. The terms of the deal were strict: the song was only for that one anti-piracy video at that one film festival. However, Rietveldt later discovered that the anti-piracy ad was being used all over the place -- a fact he discovered when he bought a Harry Potter DVD and noticed the video... with his music. 



    Nothing surprises me 



  3. I have discovered a UK Naturopath who has stolen one of my photos and used it in his advertising online 

    I have invoiced him and sent a request from a debt collection agency 

    He is claiming that he should only pay the original stock image pice and that he has made me a very generous offer of $70 that is 3 times what the photo is really worth :-( 

    My next option seems to be a UK court 

    Does anyone have any advice about the UK court system on such matters or precedents for such cases ?

    In Australia this would be dealt with in a small claims court without lawyers and for a minimal cost 

    In the UK I am told  it will cost at least $500 + to pursue 

  4. http://thenextweb.com/creativity/2015/01/07/ansel-adams-act-seeks-restore-photographers-first-amendment-rights/

    Sorry if this has been discussed before 

    It looks like a step in the right direction for protecting rights and freedoms of US photographers

    The bill explicitly states that “still and motion photographs are speech” and that government attempts through threat and intimidation to prevent people from photographing or otherwise recording in the public space violate the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
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  5. Happy New Year - as Doug implies life is what you make it and we are indeed rich in the things that money does not buy.


    Martin; may I disagree, we may or may not be rich in the things money cannot buy, BUT if we have a home, electricity, a computer and cameras we are without doubt up there in the richest 10% of people alive today.


    If we have these things then we are indeed up amongst the most amazingly wealthy and privileged people who have ever lived.


    See where you come on the Global Rich list !



  6. From downunder where we do not have any celebration wishing you all the best up there 

    I think we actually need a family based holiday at this time of year to sort out the "Who's parents do we see at Christmas " thing 

    Christmas day is always a nightmare and then most of our public holidays fall in the first quarter of the new year.

    Cheers anyway !!!

  7. Small claims are great if you live nearby 

    ​I would have had to travel 3,500km to attend court ( costs would have been fun as I would have become  scared of flying and taken the Indian Pacific, I also cannot travel on public transport without my wife as I have medical conditions so she would have accompanied me ) 

    If I need to I usually had the matter over to local debt collectors 

    That usually works 

  8. I have always believed that any half decent photographer can make something beautiful look beautiful 

    The real art of photography is in seeing the unseen beauty in the things others miss.

    ​I somewhat object to the level of importance some photographers gain because they photograph only amazing looking models or celebrities and claim they make beautiful photo.

    I far prefer those who can find beauty where others do not see it. 

  9. "But being ultra-conservative is not a way to approach photography. "

    I have the same feelings, yes a perfectly exposed perfectly sharp image is always good to see, but often the most powerful images have what would normally be considered technical flaws.

    I have lost count of the number of times I have worried over photos for my own quality reasons only to have a client love how they express emotions.

    There should always be room for a tradeoff 

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