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Re: copyright?? on library photos

Meum71@aol.com wrote:
RE:>>Andrew-there is nothing on the page you referenced that would negate what was
said on the page Sue referenced.
Hi Paul,
I have scanned these two again and this is an interesting synopsis.  I don't know how you could read these two statements and come to that conclusion, but maybe we wear different colored glasses.  

Let me put this another way.  If I decide tonight to stop storing my money in the bank or in my wallet, and instead start keeping it in a box out by the front side walk, certainly by this time next week it will be gone.  Of course, since it was my money I would feel "ripped off" and begin to cuss the people who were so inconsiderate as to take my money, but it would still be gone and I could spend my days whining about it.  Never mind the fact that storing my money there is a bit risky, I'd still feel justified to whine.  Unfortunately, without it being MARKED money, I'd have a whale of a tough battle trying to find out who was the crook, and even if I did, he'd say, "No.  This was MY money.  I don't know what you are talking about".  No case.

With the internet and digital photos, someone may steal your pictures and you don't really know because you still have your pictures, so the damage is not as severe nor as easily detected.  However, you later find that they are using your pictures to make money and it bothers you.  According to the new law, unless you put your copyright notice on the picture, you really don't have any recourse.  You didn't protect yourself so you're hosed.  If you put up MARKED pictures, however, encrypting into the picture some "Copyright Management Information", then you've got them red handed with their hands in the cookie jar.  You have recourse because it's obvious who owns the copyright.  

Now, from what I read of Sue's referenced web site and I what I just stated to you, these are two different perspectives on the matter.  The onus of responsibility has shifted to those who want to claim the property is copyrighted.  And, if you put your work on the Internet in "unmarked photos" you're simply asking for someone to copy your pictures with little recourse.  It's about as silly as leaving your money in a box out on the street.  Maybe not quite as bad because you still have your pictures. :-)

Perhaps this is what THE NEW DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT is about.  Trying to help copyright law come of age and to cope with new issues as a result of the prevalence of the Internet.  It's not fair when people steal copyrighted work.  Nor is it fair for people to put such work into the public domain, without proper identification to show that they intended for the material to remain private, then let it get circled about and become useful to others, and then months or years later blow the whistle and say, "Oh! You crook. That was mine. Pay me. Pay me."

Now that I see that Bob has fixed this for the Hosta Library, that should keep the little rascals at bay. ... Way to go Bob!  Problem discovered, problem solved.     

Andrew Lietzow
#1 Plantsman at http://hostahaven.com
1250 41st St
Des Moines, IA 50311-2516

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