Sunday, October 17, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Ben Lieberson

Ben Lieberson

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:26 am  

Saturday, October 16, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Scott Hilton

Scott Hilton

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:24 am  

Friday, October 15, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Lisa Adamucci

Lisa Adamucci

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:18 am  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Alison Smith

Alison Smith

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:13 am  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Fiona Eloisa Wilson

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Fiona Eloisa Wilson

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:09 am  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SPE 2009 Showcase: Areca Roe

Areca Roe

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:05 am  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SPE 2009 Student Showcase

A long while ago (around March 2009, to be specific) I met some wonderful people out at SPE in Dallas. Students, Educators, working image makers, and so on.

I was really excited to feature some of them on this blog (and I did feature a few.) I was also hoping to help push their work in some other venues.

Those efforts, unfortunately, are still in the “Awesome Idea! I’ll be in touch!” phase.

I understand this – I’ve got things on my to do list from months and years ago that just somehow keep getting pushed back.

But I’d like to bring these images and creators out, even if it’s just on my little blog here. So I’m setting up some posts with the imagry and credits. Nothing as extravagent as I’d hoped, but I firmly believe that something is better than nothing. I may have posted something about some of them before, but I see no reason not to post about them again.


posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:01 am  

Monday, October 4, 2010

AFP Vs. Morel: I Love This Judge

Duckrabbit has been kind enough to host a transcript of the ongoing AFP Vs. Morel case. His accompanying post is worth a read, also this post on A Photo Editor. I’m not going to go into the details really. Basically, if you haven’t heard, a photographer’s images were stolen by someone and reposted, and since the image sellers couldn’t get in touch with him they went ahead and used the stolen images. They argue this is all ok because the original photographer posted a link on twitter. They’ve repeatedly referred to his photo being on twitter. Which of course, it was not, ever, in any way, hosted on twitter. Just linked to.

It’s great to see that the judge doesn’t seem to be having any of it.

THE COURT: Isn’t your best argument that it is ambiguous? What do the Twitpics terms say?
MR. KAUFMAN: They don’t discuss this at all. Theyare not contradictory. They have — they talk about language, but they don’t talk about third-party uses. It is silent as to that. They just don’t refer to it. There is no contradictory language. They talk about you own your copyrights and other kinds of things like that, but they don’t discuss the reuse aspect of it.
And, again, as we pointed out in our footnotes, your Honor, this is not a unique interpretation of AFP for the purposes of this motion. Again, the court is allowed to take judicial notice of what’s out there. People are re-twitting and re-Twitpic’ing pictures by the hundreds of thousands a day. This isn’t just something that, all of a sudden, out of the blue, we are coming up with. This is a regular, constant occurrence that tens of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of times a day are also interpreting it the same way, for better or for worse, but they are.
THE COURT: Is that somebody else on Twitter like Suero?
MR. KAUFMAN: Suero, yeah.
THE COURT: Right? Suero, a thief, right?
MR. KAUFMAN: Suero took –
THE COURT: That’s your argument?
MR. KAUFMAN: No, other people are allowed to –
THE COURT: So the multitude is doing it; therefore, it is okay.
MR. KAUFMAN: No, no.
THE COURT: It was Bertrand Russell who said you shouldn’t follow the multitude into evil. Remember that?
MR. KAUFMAN: Unfortunately, I don’t read enough of Bertrand Russell.
THE COURT: He was one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.
MR. KAUFMAN: I know who was, but — I certainly know who Bertrand Russell was.
THE COURT: It is worth the read.
MR. KAUFMAN: Yes, your Honor.

Check it out. Most satisfying to read court case ever, though you might want to skip a lot of the preliminaries and back and forth.

Edit: I keep wanting to add more, seeing these weasels try and defend themselves and the judge using simple and fair logic.

MR. KAUFMAN: Because Suero was the only one who had an affirmative statement saying it was his. The timeline on that, your Honor, is we tried reach Morel at 6:26 p.m. We couldn’t reach him. He didn’t respond. At 7:12, we tried to reach Morel again.
THE COURT: He was in Haiti.
MR. KAUFMAN: I understand that. But Suero –
THE COURT: No wonder he couldn’t respond.

MR. KAUFMAN: He was responding.
THE COURT: He was in Haiti in the middle of an earthquake.
MR. KAUFMAN: He had responded to other people in this time frame, your Honor. But the picture –
THE COURT: But I’m sure the thief, Mr. Suero, was sitting in his apartment someplace and just waiting to sell the pictures.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 10:19 pm  

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