Keep photographers intellectual property in its lawful home.

Keep photographers intellectual property in its lawful home.

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Concerned Party started this petition to Photographers and

A dangerous precedent is about to be set by one of Australia's largest publishing houses whereby photographic contributors are being contractually required to assign global copyright to commissioned work, including that of third-party artists and designers featured in their images.

This contravenes the Copyright Act of Australia though the photographers are being given no option but to agree, or be struck from the publishers supplier list.

The impacts of this are far-reaching and your voice can help. In signing this petition you are saying that you do not agree Copyright of images should be contractually owned by anyone other than the photographer.

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON

The industry standard for decades has been that a magazine or publishing house holds the right to publish commissioned photographs first, before anyone else. From there, Copyright is retained by the photographer. As editorial photography pays considerably less than advertising / commercial photography, the photographers are able to recoup some money through usage rights in other publications, globally.

WHAT ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS OPTIONS

The first option is photographers sign the agreement. This removes their ability to sell or license their own work and puts them in the dangerous position of being liable if work by a third-party is shown without credit or consent. Something that would be out of their control, no longer owning the work.

The second option is, photographers do not sign this agreement, meaning they do not work for the magazines. Here is where the problem lies.

WHO DOES IT AFFECT

Obviously it affects photographers, and their industry. Currently a group of approximately 60 leading architecture and interiors photographers are banding together in agreement NOT TO SIGN this contract which means they will lose out on income and lesser-experienced photographers, eager for exposure will agree – setting the precedent that this is an accepted industry standard.

What this really does is undermine the culture of magazines and their business model. It also impacts on how the work of architects and designers is represented and what they can use these images for in the future.

IF YOU ARE AND ARCHITECT OR INTERIOR DESIGN

Chances are your work will be captured by someone less experienced and thus not to the level we now expect. The images taken will not be able to be used for awards entires or self-promotion, unless you make arrangements with the publishing house. These shots will also not be available for other magazines, websites or social-media use, at home or overseas.

IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST

The copyright of your work, captured in an image, will become the property of the publishing house and can be used in any way they see fit – by them or a third-party.

IF YOU ARE AN READER

The magazines you buy now will more than likely drop dramatically in quality as the quality of images lowers and the architects and designers begin to say "No thanks." to being featured.

IF YOU ARE AN ADVERTISER

Well, there is one reason you advertise in a magazine. It aligns with your brand values and has the readership you want to engage.

 

THE OUTCOME

While this may be just one publisher, the knock-on effect is others will follow suit and pretty quickly, and as you can see that has some pretty dire consequences so your support is needed to help STOP change.

 

NOTE The publishing house in question has not been named as they don't need to be, this is a question of precedent though they will be made aware of this petition.

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