Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Hello. I am a 10th grade student at (name removed) High School, and am currently enrolled in a web site design class. For our final project, we have been divided into groups and our groups are constructing a web site. My group is focusing on Miami, Florida. We are making a tourist guide. We've split up the work so that everyone does two pages, and one of my pages is on the Miami Seaquarium. I need a few pictures, and yours are by far the best I've seen; however, I wouldn't want to use them without your permission. So, may I use some of your pictures? Please?
Seems they found my photo gallery through some search engine. It is heartening that some kids are learning the proper ways of doing things. Surely the teacher prodded them to obtain licensing and permissions, not only to teach them about plagiarism and copyright issues but also to cover the school’s butt. In any case, I’m very pleased that some get it right.
I answer that it would be my pleasure to offer two pictures for the project, as long as the copyright is kept and it is only used for this project. She picked the two pictures you see here. I love a happy story.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As a poster said: “Imagine the uproar if that was shown over here.” I think we should have better education and smarter kids.
YouTube link (in case you can’t see the embedded video)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I attended the first ever Carl Sagan Day, to honor Dr. Carl Sagan on the anniversary of his birthday. It was held at Broward Community College in Davie, FL ( a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale) as I blogged before.
I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Plait. I have followed his blog for years, and read his latest book (which I got him to sign).
James Randi gave a nice speech recounting his friendship with Carl Sagan. I had met Randi before a few times and although older and a little more frail, he is still his old fiery self.
Here are the video feeds for some of these presentations:
Ted, a friend of mine who is a railfan, films trains and airplanes too and has a nice YouTube channel. He was filming at the airport (MIA) last week waiting for a freight train to go by. I am in several of the shots when airplanes land (the guy on the shade wearing shorts, white socks and a backward cap), and also when the CSX train goes by.
I have a few still shots from the planes and the train on this set in my gallery. Enjoy!
Here is my picture of the same train the moment it passed by:
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
There’s a lot of misunderstanding on US Copyright Laws. The artlaw Blog has a great write-up debunking many myths about copyright, which interests me as a photographer and a writer.
Some common myths:
- Myth 2: Copyright protection requires registering your work with the Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
- Myth 3: Placing the work in an envelope and mailing it to yourself has the same effect as registering it with the Copyright Office.
- Myth 4: If it's on the Web, it's free for the taking.
Good information in the article.
Does this mean that you can go to court if your copyright has been violated and your work has been copied? Not so fast. Lawsuits are expensive, so in practice for most of us if you post your photo on the net, make sure you post a low resolution, watermarked or stamped photo, unless you do not care what happens to the work afterwards. The laws, although there, do not afford any “protection “ to the little guy due to the high cost of prosecuting the claim (disclaimer: I am not a lawyer so in case you have been subject to a copyright violation or just outright stealing of your work, please consult an attorney).
From Page 7 of the Basics:
In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
• Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
• Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
• If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
• If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
The key is to register your work. Why? Because if you do, you are eligible for statutory damages as opposed to actual damages (if any or if you have a problem with proving actual damages).
A couple of important points that need stressing are:
- You cannot go to court unless you have registered your work (IOW, your work is protected at creation but you can’t sue in US Court unless you registered and paid the fee). When to register? You have up to 90 days from the moment the copyright violation occurred (as opposed to the time the work was created).
- You have to sue in US Federal Court. You cannot go to small claims court for copyright issues.
If you are interested in collection of damages, more information can be found at Cornell University Law School.
Related to these legal themes, including the all important issue of where and what you can shoot from a public street, Photoshop User TV has a nice video interview with Ed Greenberg (Intellectual Property Attorney) . Copyright issues are dealt with in Part II.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czzNOPbJWk - Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGZ_pJQ-_EU - Part II
(Thanks Julien and Wayne!)
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The amazing mating display of the marvellous spatuletail hummingbird has been filmed in full for the first time.
The spatuletail hummingbird (Loddigesia mirabilis) is among the most rare and striking of birds.
You can watch this video at the BBC.
Monday, November 02, 2009
If you are in South Florida next week, don’t miss the first Carl Sagan Day
The event will be held at:
3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314
For more details see: http://www.carlsaganday.com
Carl would have been 75! We sure miss him.
I’ll be sure to be there and attend the wonderful lectures and film showings, and maybe get some book copies signed!
(Via Bad Astronomer)