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Thanks Britt, Thanks Emily.

[My mistake about Alex's photo - I assumed he was ripped off.]

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On 27 July 2015 at 14:09, Emily S. Damstra <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Glendon,
> I didn't see your message as the "Voice of Dissent;" rather, I think you
> provided more reasons that people should write letters to the Copyright
> Office. :)
> In addition to comments about Orphan Works, the Copyright Office was
> seeking comments from creators about difficulties in enforcing their
> copyrights.
>
> I have been trying to follow your example of calling out people on Twitter
> who don't cite image creators. Keep up the good work! I agree, strength in
> numbers.
>
> I'm not sure what point you were making with regards to Alex Wild's work
> in the Ant Man movie; he said he got paid for it.
>
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> On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:35 PM, Glendon Mellow <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone, Unwelcome-Voice-of-Some-Dissent here,
>>
>> We already live in a post-"Orphan Works legislation"-style world. Yes,
>> the shape of American law matters. Yes, write letters if you are moved to.
>> But in practice artists are already treated as though everyone assumes the
>> work is orphaned.
>>
>> Consider the case of cartoonist Mathew Inman of the popular site The
>> Oatmeal. He was sued by a website that has copies of every one of his
>> cartoons *with his name cropped off* posted there by the site's users -
>> they sued him for publicly asking him to remove the art and mocking them
>> when they didn't. (The suit was later dropped when his fans mobilized and
>> donated money to him which he then donated to charities.) If artists can be
>> *sued* for asking their work to be removed, we are already at rock bottom.
>>
>> This past weekend, entomologist/photographer/Scientific American blogger
>> Alex Wild saw one of his ant photos in the Ant-Man movie, and Wild is
>> regularly vocal on social media about how many DMCA notices he has to send
>> out on a regular basis.
>>
>> In addition to writing emails to change potential legislation, there are
>> two things I hope to see happen that will help artists make a living in the
>> next few years:
>>
>>
>>    1. *Technology:* Between Google Reverse Image Search and Tineye.com,
>>    reverse image searching is a tool every art student should graduate knowing
>>    how to use to protect their art, name, and use. There's a Chrome plugin for
>>    it now too. In a different experiment, Getty, Twitter and Instagram images
>>    can be embedded on sites in viewers similar to the way YouTube is shared,
>>    with links to the source. I think we're approaching a stage when any image
>>    on the internet will be identifiable through some sort of
>>    search-and-tagging tech we don't quite have yet.
>>    2. *Get on social media*: In addition to writing emails, get on
>>    social media and defend artists rights - not just your own, but other
>>    people's. This is a big listserv and it would be extremely helpful if we
>>    had greater numbers calling out journalists, science communicators and
>>    large site accounts for abusing image use. Support accounts like
>>    @PicPedant, @Hoaxeye and @FakeAstroPix. I call out lack of image
>>    credit as much as I can
>>    <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/glendon-ranting-about-proper-image-use-again/>,
>>    but there's strength in numbers. Over the past several years of blogging,
>>    I've heard from a number of popular science journalists that they've been
>>    made sensitive to the issue from my own efforts. For a big cultural change
>>    to happen, it needs to be more than a handful of people.
>>
>> Legislation lags *years* behind culture, and the science communication
>> culture could really use more artists being vocal instead of resorting only
>> to enforcement by law. And I bet the louder creators are about being
>> recognized for their work, the faster we'll see the tech catch up.
>>
>> -Glendon
>>
>> --
>> Glendon Mellow
>> Art in Awe of Science
>> http://www.glendonmellow.com
>>
>> Find me on
>> *Symbiartic, the art+science blog
>> <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic>*
>> on the Scientific American Blog Network
>>
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