Beware the Assignment of Copyright (Weekend Australian)

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Kevin Caulfield, May 16, 2006.

  1. Kevin Caulfield

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    The Weekend Australian newspaper is running a photography competition promoted by Tourism Australia. I checked the small print, and this makes me exceedingly angry - Conditions of Entry, number 28. "Each entrant assigns to the Promoter all copyright and other intellectual property rights in each photo and desciption...The entrants agree to waive all their rights, including moral rights, in the photographs entered..." Yes, that's right, they are even claiming copyright over the mandatory 150 to 200 word description of each photo. I believe they should be more upfront about this, rather than hiding this away.
     
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    We had one like that in Hawaii recently. You submitted images for a chance at a free airplane ticket to Los Angeles (about $400) and gave up all rights in return. Yes, read the small print before entering any contest.
     
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    Kevin, the recent Getaway competition was the same. Catriona (the host) claimed they got something like 20,000 entries... was a large enough number that I exclaimed "wow". Now most will be utter crap, but still, I bet they harvested a few decent pics!
     
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    Don't forget, it's a Murdoch publication!

    Mick.
     
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    The fact is that hundreds, maybe thousands, of people will enter these contests. Most are wannabes with digicams who will jump any opportunity for tear. The industry, philosophy and profession of photography is changing rapidly.

    Regards, Art.