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The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Podcast 432)

The times they are a-changin' and today, I'd like to relay a my thoughts about a recent chain of events compared to how I know I would have reacted years ago, and why I think it's so important to adapt to the current state of the photography industry and adjust our perception...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
15 Comments
  • Gina
    Posted at 17:11h, 28 July Reply

    These pictures are stunning!! Thank you for sharing such valuable information.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:14h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks Gina, and you’re very welcome. Thanks for taking the time to listen. I hope all is well.

  • Murray Foote
    Posted at 17:37h, 28 July Reply

    That’s a very timely article for me, Martin, including the link to the earlier article and the reference to the pricing guide.

    I have just discovered a commercial web site that is using seven of my images, having cropped the images to remove the copyright warning watermark, or in one case removed it digitally. The images are also used in multiple places on the site. I have downloaded the pricing guide and expect I will be talking to a copyright lawyer before too long.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:28h, 30 July Reply

      Urgh, that’s not nice. I hope you can get that sorted out quickly Murray. Good luck!

    • Murray Foote
      Posted at 23:55h, 30 July Reply

      Thanks Martin. I first have to find the time to systematically document everything and create draft letters so the lawyer doesn’t have to do anything I can do. I’m not going to do anything without talking to the lawyer first and fortunately there is a dedicated firm of copyright lawyers in Canberra.

      There will at least be no problem determining ownership as they have not removed the metadata for the images which includes the words “Copyright Murray Foote”. Curiously, they state at the bottom of each page that their site is protected by copyright.

  • Jens Hauser
    Posted at 18:45h, 28 July Reply

    The pictures are just awesome and I can understand that the different sites wants to display them on their sites. They will draw more people to their sites and in the run more people to you and your business. I typical win-win situation. I would be more than happy to get that kind of campaign for my pictures.
    To be honest thought. I think you Namibia portfolio is stronger but they are not as spectacular as the Antarctica one. And my thoughts could be biased because I love Africa and its wildlife. Namibia is defintly on my bucket list

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:31h, 30 July Reply

      Thanks Jens!

      You know, we all view portfolios differently based on our own experiences and preferences. My wife for example has virtually no appreciation for my Namibia work, and although she likes my Antarctica work, she thinks my Iceland work is my best to date. 🙂

  • Si Young
    Posted at 16:56h, 10 August Reply

    I can almost hear the ice cracking in some of these shots, so crisp… thank you.

  • Thomas Leuthard
    Posted at 14:43h, 15 August Reply

    Creative Commons is the only way to get further today. It was one of my most successful choices I have taken when I started publishing my street photography photographs. People should start changing their mind and start remembering why they are taking photographs. I don’t think you shoot for the sake of money. If this is the case, you may do something else.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:49h, 15 August Reply

      Creative Commons is one option. Most of the images I shoot are shot first and foremost for me, but then I use them in various ways to generate revenue, so I prefer not to use CC. I think it’s the choice of each individual photographer. There are no “shoulds” in my opinion. 🙂

  • Grant Stringer (Exposure)
    Posted at 21:26h, 23 October Reply

    Hi Martin
    Many thanks for your informative and thought provoking podcast – Some friends and I have been unhappy with the amount of plagiarism thats been going on via a certain social media platform and it has pushed the issue of copyright infringement upon me – yes I can see that getting the numbers of eyes on ones photos is great and I can see it is working well for you within the framework you have established – The times are changing and we have to adapt – I still have some issues that large number of photographers are totally unaware that their photographs are popping up all over the web and do not have the infrastructure to link the eyes back to them, the original photographer. Reverse image searches can reveal the extent that an image has been posted but the DMCA will only act if the original photographer initiates a takedown – I came across a guy who had stripped 5000 images of copyright and exif etc and then posted them all as his own creations while gleefully declaring what he has done in defiance! One thing is for sure , the problem will not just go away and the current laws are ineffective. All that said I am really pleased that you have turned a possible negative into something that is really working – free advertising is a great benefit!! BTW love your photographs. Best wishes to you

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:12h, 23 October Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Grant.

      For sure, the problem of plagiarism is getting worse. I’ve found my images all over the place, and some people even going to the trouble to remove my watermark. I don’t condone this in any way of course, but I am getting less concerned about it, because the people that steal them were never going to pay. They are thieves after all. 🙂

      If I find someone using an image for commercial gain, I will contact a lawyer, and if it’s non-commercial, without my permission, I’ll demand the usage stop. Having said that, my work is sold by OFFSET now, and I have no way to know if the use is legit without contacting my agent, so I have to tread carefully with this now too. But then, stopping to think is usually a good thing with me.

      Anyway, all the best to you too Grant.

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