EU Copyright Directive to be debated in European Parliament

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Law, Photography by BPPA Editor

Tomorrow (26th March 2019) MEPs will vote on a controversial EU directive to copyright work used on the web. It sets terms and conditions for others to reuse content (posted by people like us) commercially. The battle has been between the tech giants, whose business model is all about reusing other’s intellectual property without license or renumeration, and us ‘the

BPPA EditorEU Copyright Directive to be debated in European Parliament

Photography is not harassment

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by thebppa

  This is an open letter to the ITV management who have promoted their programme “Tonight: Harassment Uncovered” which, in places, confuses photography with sexual harassment. The programme aired at 7.30pm on the 23rd of February 2017 Dear ITV Professional photographers are against any and all harassment of people going about their private and lawful business. To suggest or imply anything

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FREE MONEY!!!!

in Education, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Photojurnalism, Remember, The BPPA by thebppa

Ok – now we have your attention. Every year DACS ( The Design and Artists Copyright Society) collects millions of pounds worth of royalties due for use of our photographs from libraries, universities and other organisations. It is payment for lending books, photocopying and things like that. They then redistribute this money to us through the “Payback Scheme” – and

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Our Draft Code of Conduct

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry, Uncategorized by thebppa

  Immediately after the Leveson Inquiry we started to think about how a code of conduct could be drafted for The BPPA that would help prospective members and the British public understand what our profession is all about. We looked at similar documents from all over the world and we looked at the various codes of conduct and practice that

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What’s going on at DACS? Part 2

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA, Uncategorized by Andrew Wiard

In this second part of his assessment of what is happening with DACS, Andrew Wiard explains why the current situation is not something that photographers should accept. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Insisting on ALL secondary rights – does it really matter? Is it

Andrew WiardWhat’s going on at DACS? Part 2
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A Gun To Our Heads – The new DACS Agreement, part 1

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

In the first of a two-part blog post Andrew Wiard, a member of The BPPA’s Board, asks “What’s going on at DACS?” Last year we all had to sign a new agreement, and if we didn’t – no annual payout at Christmas. So, why? Short answer, because DACS is at the bottom of a collecting society food chain, and they are all

Andrew WiardA Gun To Our Heads – The new DACS Agreement, part 1
The Job Magazine

Metropolitan Police Media Guidelines

in Current Affairs, Education, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism by thebppa

  There have been a number of versions of the media guidelines from many different police forces over the last dozen years. We have previously made the version developed with The BPPA, the NUJ and the CIoJ available on our website and, following the publication of an article quoting the Met’s guidelines verbatim in their in-house magazine “The Job” we are

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British Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

This is a re-posting from the British Photographic Council’s website. The BPPA is a member of the BPC and members of The BPPA’s Board have been deeply involved in the process so far. Government adopts “friendless, unnecessary, poorly explained and fraught with risk” new copyright legislation, against united opposition from the photographic sector. In all of the publicity over the

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©Neil Turner

Electrical Safety for Photographers

in Current Affairs, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Neil Turner

  Most of us use some sort of mains powered gear and most of us fly with our equipment from time to time. The law regarding what you have to do to comply with the rules around safety of the gear can make pretty good bedtime reading – if you need to go to sleep quickly. Portable Appliance Testing or PAT for

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Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Opinion, Paparazzi, Photography, Press Photography, The Leveson Inquiry by

  In another of our occasional series of guest posts Max Cisotti CEO at Xclusivepix.com. A hugely experienced agent and photographer, he has allowed us to re-post something that he wrote around the time of the Leveson Inquiry about who and what the paparazzi are and about the symbiotic relationship between good photographers and the celebrity industry. I believe that as an

Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…