Re: Re: Re: My Website
Not the same thing. I am not claiming someone else’s island. Nor am I claiming a non-owned island that should be free for everyone to use.
Instead, I am claiming ownership of my image, created by me. This does not extend to your image, if you were standing next to me with your own camera. That would be your image. This would require that you were in the same location, purchased and brought your own camera, knew where to stand at the appropriate moment, how to operate your camera and set it for best results, how to compose an artistically pleasing image, and then perhaps to edit it in Photoshop to make it look better. Anyone is free to do this.
Since not everyone can be everywhere, I have thought of it as a purpose in my life to record the unicycling activities around me. I started doing this in 1980 for the USA Newsletter, and have spend a great deal of time, money, and effort over the years doing it.
Occasionally those images are published outside the unicycling community, in magazines and books. When this happens, I deserve any payment they choose to give me. Please explain why I don’t.
Without copyright, I would hoard all my images to myself, and not share them as openly as I do. The purpose of copyright law (basically, not including loopholes and other issues) is to protect the owner/creator of the work, so others don’t profit from it wrongly. Without copyright protection, artists wouldn’t be able to make a living doing what they do.
If you have issues with certain aspects of copyright law, I may agree with you there. But not on such sweeping statements.
To some degree yes. In that not everything can, or should in today’s world, be free. Movies aren’t free to produce, the big ones cost millions of dollars. They expect you to pay some kind of fee to see them, or else why make them?
I know you have larger issues with copyright concepts, but what we’re talking about here is at a very basic level. There are no corporations involved, just one person and his images. I don’t sell very many of them. But this should be my choice, not someone else’s. They are all mine to do with as I please.
I choose to make it easy for people to see my images. Well, as easy as the Ofoto site allows, which could be better. Go to this page for an expanation of my whys and hows of Ofoto:
But making my pictures accessible and giving them away are not the same thing. I give them away all the time, but I ask for permission when they are republished.