EP 005: Fair What?! A Look at Copyright

Show Notes

Have you ever had an image stolen? Do you know your rights if and when it happens? Toby reveals his confrontation with UK pop star FKA Twigs after she pinched one of his images a few years back, altered it, removed a watermark and published it to her Instagram without any credit whatsoever. Say what!!?? Yep, and that’s just one incident!! The digital age has made this an all-too common occurrence, so listen in as Mez and Toby arm you with all the information you need to fight copyright infringers, no matter who they are.

 

  • What is Copyright? – Copyright: the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.
  • Connection between copyright and usage (usage and licencing is going to be another episode guys! It’s a hot and detailed topic!) Owner of the copyright RENTS an image out as ‘usage’ under a ‘licencing agreement’  – copyright does not change hands, you are simply renting out your image. Client can not transfer usage onto others and has no copyright authority.
  • Toby spills the tea about his run in with FKA Twigs and her use of Toby’s work without permission. A clear Copyright infringement! We dissect the whole situation to give clarity on what copyright infringement looks like!
  • What is the Copyright law in Australia?
  • What is fair dealings?
  • Fair dealing v fair use – we go into the Government’s Productivity Commission’s report into Intellectual Property.
  • We look at the ‘Artist’ Richard Prince and his dodgy practices as an example of how Fair Use can work against creatives and leave us open to plagiarism and having our work stolen.
  • Toby gives us a hilarious example of the correct way to ask for permission when wanting to use an image.  It involved Anna Nicole Smith and Wikipedia – whhaattt?!
  • How copyright infringement and the stealing of images has become rampant since introduction of image based social media.
  • We discuss how people view what’s online as a free for all and the flip side of it being brands expecting to use images for free.
  • The importance of protecting your copyright and the value in it! 
  • Resources on copyright to help you navigate 
  • A bit of advice on how to go about confronting someone who has stolen your work.

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

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EP 004: The Comparison Complex

Show Notes

What do we mean by Comparison Complex?

Comparison is a normal part of life. Comparison can help us to evaluate and understand ourselves, how to improve our work or it can inspire us to learn something new. 

However, when we depend on comparison as a means of how to value our self-worth and the worth of our work, that’s when we’re in danger of creating a negative dialogue in our minds.

In other words, comparing ourselves to others from a place of self worth can lead to a negative mindset and a creative spiral downwards. 

Have you ever looked at what someone else was doing and thought ‘Why aren’t I that good? Why aren’t I like them? I’m not good enough’

We all have at one time in our live especially as creatives.  So lets go deeper into this subject and work through some ways to help us combat negative comparison.

We discuss

– When comparison leads to self loathing instead of motivation your creativity halts.

– We talk about our own personal experiences with this.

– How comparison complex has changed from before social media to now with social media. 

– How positive comparison and constructive critique can foster collaboration and lead to new ideas

– How do we get out of this negative comparison mindset which will lead to true self expression, developing your own style.

– How the comparison influence of social media is creating faux creatives who just keep copying each other (@insta_repeat is a great example of pointing this out)

When we are focusing so much on what everyone else is doing we aren’t focusing on ourselves as much as we should. We can get bogged down in the game of am I ahead or behind, is this better or worse than what their doing. This is a consuming place to be mentally and when we are creating we need to be creating from a place of true self expression. 

“Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared. And, without comparison, concepts like ‘ahead or behind’, ‘best or worst’, lose their meaning.” — Brene Brown

Motivation instead of comparison 

Comparison isn’t all bad. Comparison can be a useful tool in shaping your personal and creative identity. It can be a motivation to improve yourself, learn something new, and it can give you perspective. 

So next time you feel compelled to compare, ask yourself one or more of the following questions

  • How can I use this to to motivate myself?
  • What can I learn from what I discovered?

Let’s engage with the world from a place of worthiness (words to live by, thanks Brene Brown)

 

CREDITS:

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

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