I Spoke at WordCamp Victoria 2012

I'm Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012Whew! Now that was a LOT of FUN! (The speaking engagement, I mean. This blog post took some time to compile after the fact, but as they say, better late than never)

On Saturday, January 14th, 2012, I spoke at WordCamp Victoria 2012 in Victoria B.C., with my friend Janis LaCouvee. Our topic? Disclosures, Attribution, Copyright (and Moral Rights)

We had excellent feedback after our session, lots of Tweets and Retweets afterwards, and during the presentation there were many questions and a good deal of interaction with the audience, which for me, is always an indicator of success and safety within a large group. We simply ran out of time to engage fully and more deeply into what could have been a very lengthy and stimulating group discussion.

There was a fair amount of expertise and interest in the room. I do hope that this topic is discussed more at conferences.

Our audience included bloggers, web designers and web developers, WordPress experts and enthusiasts, photographers and individuals in a variety of industries, who were interested in the topic for their websites and blogging for business, personal and non-profit.

Brenda Johima is owner of JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing, based in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island.

As promised, below are some notes from my part of the session, which was all about copyright and moral rights as it specifically relates to art, photography and images online for bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts.

I’m noting the key points only and as promised, the links to articles and videos that I mentioned in my session, where you can go to find more information. This is a HUGE topic, and this only scratches the surface, of an ever-changing and complex, legal issue. And a heads up, this is an unusually long blog post, as I am trying to share as much as possible from the in-person, live audience session.

Please note that many of my comments below are abbreviated or in point form. If you’d like to know more, and to bring me into your group for the full presentation, you’ll get the works … It’s only possible here, to share a snippet in a long blog post, of a live presentation. I’d love to come and speak with your group and I have a feeling that if we ask Janis LaCouvee nicely, if she is available she might even join me too 🙂

** I am not a lawyer, and am not providing legal advice or any advice here actually. I’m simply sharing what I have studied on my own and learned over the years about a topic that I am very passionate about, and fascinated with. ** I hope that my information is of help to you. If in doubt with anything you see online, simply don’t take it, and/or consult with a copyright lawyer. **

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So here we go :

Copyright SymbolCopy. RIGHT.

My bias is that artists, photographers and creatives deserve to be paid for their time and at minimum, credited for their work, with a written request for permission for usage.

“If there were no copyright laws, no artist, musician, writer or creative would make a living by creating revenue from their craft.” — Brenda Johima

Copyright and Moral Rights laws really are there to protect many industries. Creative works are how artists survive, feed their families, pay the bills.

Here is what I covered: (in record time, 10 minutes! … plus Q&A)

  • Introduction
  • How do you copyright your own work? How do you protect your own work?
  • Why you can’t just take whatever you want from online. (Example of an expensive mistake) See below.
  • Moral Rights. Definition. (Examples)
  • Interesting stories. There is no guarantee if you put something online.
  • Resources and Links

It’s not rocket science. (Copyright is Actually Quite Simple if You Care About People)

  1. If it’s not yours, don’t take it.
  2. If you want it, as permission. (get it in writing)
  3. If you use it, put a note on it, crediting the author/content creator

I liken theft of images online to shoplifting. Would you go into a retail store, see something you like on a shelf, and go “I like that, I think I will take it” … Then you take it, walk out the door of the store, claim it as your own, and brag about it. ( do you not think you might be in trouble with the law? )

Why you can’t just take whatever you want from online : Here’s the example of a rather expensive mistake. I have to give this professional copywriting company credit for having the courage to publicly admit their error in order for others to learn from it, however … well … you fill in the blanks. These copywriters ended up paying $4000.00 for what could have been a $10.00 image. Will you think again before you lift an images from online?

The best and safest choice:

  1. Create Your Own.
  2. Ask Permission.
  3. Buy It. Pay For It. Purchase It. Feed an Artist. Pay a Pro.

T.O.S. (Terms of Service)

Every social network and image sharing site has a terms of service page. Read it. Believe it. Ask questions if in doubt.

How do I copyright my work? (presenter notes. hire me for the full explanation 🙂

  • You create it you own it. (with exceptions)
  • © Symbol
  • © = “Option” plus “G” on a MAC
  • Copyright plus © Symbol plus year plus artist name plus URL

How do I protect my work? (presenter notes. hire me for the full explanation 🙂

  • File names and categorizing your work so it is trackable /searchable online
  • TinEye.com (reverse image search)
  • Metadata (in Photoshop)
  • Watermark or not to watermark?
  • Deterrent vs. Protection

Why do people steal photos?

  • What do you think? I’m curious. There’s too much to put here in this blog post, plus I want to come and speak with your group 🙂

Moral Rights : What Are They?

  1. Examples of images were shown with permission of Fine Artist, Madeleine Wood‘s (M.F.A.) art works with manipulation of the images to demonstrate what possibly could be a breach of moral rights. My question to the audience was “What right do you have to take someone else’s work?” Madeleine estimated approximately a minimum of seven years training (52 weeks) x 60 hours per week = 21,840 hours of training to get her to the quality of work and calibre of gallery representations that she is at now.
  2. Consult a lawyer if you have questions. If in doubt, DON’T alter an artist/photographer’s work.
  3. Case Examples : Snow v. The Eaton Centre Ltd. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_v._The_Eaton_Centre_Ltd.
    (by Gil Zvulony of Zvulony and Company, Toronto Lawyers)

These lawyers, Gil Zvulony of Zvulony and Company also write about:

  • Legal Rights in a Photograph (read this)
  • Copyright Law
  • Moral Rights
  • Rights of the Subject Privacy and Publicity Rights
  • The Right to Privacy
  • Publicity Rights
  • Rights of Models

Toronto Copyright Lawyer Discusses Author Rights and Moral Rights in Canada

(*not in my #wcv12 presentation, but this may be of interest to you as well : Publicity Rights in a Photograph, also by Zvulony and Co.)

http://zvulony.ca/2010/articles/internet-law/legal-rights-in-a-photograph/

“Netiquette Etiquette”

  1. Give credit where credit is due, for photos, cartoons, images, writing, music, graphics, anything you use or share online which is not yours
  2. Best: Take your own photos. If not : Credit photographers always by full name and with a link to their site (link to the page that the image is on)

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Resources and Links:

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Resources and Links : Associations in Canada:

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Canada’s Copyright Act:

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Two Tips to Take Away :

  • Create Your Own : Trust in your own creative abilities … You truly are unlimited in your own creativity and talent.
  • Stand Up For Yourself : You deserve acknowledgment and credit for your work.

THE END 🙂

This is a very basic synopsis of a very brief presentation I did on a very huge topic. Please contact me to come and speak to your group about this topic that I am so passionate about. The best way to get the most out of this is in person via group discussion and conversation. It’s a HOT topic, and I foresee that to be true for quite a few more years from here on.

Take Online, Offline. Call Me. 1.250.335.1195

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012

I'm Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012Hi there, thanks for popping by. Brenda Johima here, and I’ve got a teeny-tiny 10 minute speaking engagement ( plus a Q&A afterwards with Janis La Couvée ) to speak on a topic near and dear to my heart … copyright and moral rights, as it relates to photography, art and images online for bloggers, and in this case, for those who are using the WordPress platform for publishing content online.

The target market for my session is basic beginners, and although my time is brief, I know that 10 minutes can make as big a difference as 5 minutes or 60 minutes … it’s simply that one must to choose less words, but more purposefully, and put them together in an organized fashion.

This session is geared to the basics for beginners and bloggers (as it is a legal issue and we are not lawyers) however we welcome participants from all levels from intermediate to advanced to join us for the Question and Answer Period. We value and want you to share your input and ideas. This is a legal issue, and with constantly changing laws in so many different countries … we simply aim to at least increase awareness on this topic so that more and more, we see people giving credit where credit is due, and to the original content creators online.

Janis Couvée and I are sharing the stage for this one session. I will contribute my content as it relates to photos, images and art online. Janis will speak right before me on disclosures, attribution and also copyright, and afterwards we will have a Question and Answer Period, in order to stimulate some great discussion and conversation on this complex and ever-changing topic.

Janis La Couvée is a financial services professional with a keen interest in community building and the arts.  She is a member of the Social Media Club Victoria leadership team, and was the lead organizer for Twestival Victoria. Her blog is an extension of her Twitter, social media and community experience. Janis is passionate about bridging online and offline communities to effect positive social change. Find out more about Janis’s topic at WordCamp on disclosures, attribution and copyright as it relates to content sharing online.

Janis writes on her website, a description of her session on attribution, copyright and disclosures : 

“In the ever evolving realm of social media and the internet, content is created and shared. Now that we’re blogging, how do we credit the original creator? Do we have the right to use the image or written copy? Does our audience really need to know if we are paid to write a post, or received free tickets to an event? We’ll examine some of the best practices and standards for disclosing, consider the importance of attribution, and discuss the sometimes thorny issue of copyright. Giving credit where credit is due, while remaining transparent – is it possible?”

See you there See you at WordCamp Victoria 2012 … this Saturday the 14th of January, 2012.
— Brenda Johima

P.S. Also, please do come and Say Hello to Me in the Happiness Bar … I’m volunteering some time with Jon Valade of IdeaZone.ca 🙂

P.S.P.S. If you are new here? I’m Brenda Johima and here’s the little blurb about me:

Brenda Johima IS Art, Creativity, Design and Social Media combined under one roof. Her own roof. Since 2002 Brenda Johima has operated her home based business, JOHIMA Designs, now rebranded as simply, JOHIMA, which provides graphic design for print and web. In order to provide clients with a one-stop shop for success, she also jumped into SEO, Internet Marketing, and Social Media. During the entire time Brenda has also been very active as an artist and photographer creating images for personal and artistic expression and also for client advertising, marketing and promotional materials.

Take Online, Offline. Call Me. 1.250.335.1195

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