Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's probably fair use, but...

Second Life - Videos - KNBC

A friend just pointed me at this video that went out on US TV. I've tried three or four times to leave a comment on the actual page, but it doesn't seem to be working. Hence, I thought it worth reproducing here, because, well, someone should make a fuss when big media rip off other people's stuff against the specific license it's published under.

I've spent a LOT of my life over the last few years ensuring image use is all within the bounds of license agreements and copyright - even getting release forms for a five year old, once.

I suppose we don't have the benefit of that pesky 'fair use' under UK law.

Anway - the Yentob avatar was created by Siobhan, so she should take the credit.

Comment text would have been as below:-
Hello

I notice that you've used one of my screenshots in your piece. Whilst Alan Yentob's (a famous UK TV personality) avatar and the screenshot was created for a BBC TV documentary, I assume you've obtained the shot from my flickr stream.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mildlydiverting/309499776/

It's released there under a Creative Commons Deed - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

You don't appear to have Attributed me; the adverts at the front of your piece seem to suggests you're a commercial concern, and there's a clear copyright statement at the bottom of the page, suggesting you haven't 'shared alike'.

Just thought you might like to know for future reference, so you can consider complying with the licensing requirements.

1 comment:

Tom Dolan said...

It appears to have gone now.