Is it Richard Prince, Social Media, or Both?

Monday, 01 June 2015 00:32

Nowhere are the dangers of social media for artists more dramatically displayed than with recent Richard Prince appropriation of Instagram content for big dollar art market use.

The two most succinct points to remember from the above video are:

"There's a thin line between what he (Prince) is doing and what all social media companies are doing; which is, they're all running restaurants in which we come in and bring the ingredients and cook the food!" ~ Chris Hayes, MSNBC

"(Instagram) could have licensed these images to Richard Prince under the terms of use of their service, but they didn't." ~ Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing, via MSNBC

Pay attention, Flicker users. You have given innumerable numbers of your images a Creative Commons (generic) license. You are wide open to Prince-like exploitation!

Use social media with your eyes wide open: you make the cake, others make the money!

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Enter the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 today!

Sunday, 31 May 2015 18:25

Renaissance Photo 2015

Renaissance Photography Prize is an international award that showcases outstanding photography from emerging and established photographers while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer.

Now in its eighth year, the prize is looking to discover talent and celebrate the best in photography, giving image makers access to new opportunities and a world-wide audience for their work.

Entering gives photographers the chance to have their work seen by a panel of some of the industry's most influential photography critics, as well as being exhibited in Getty Images Gallery, London, UK.

Read more: Enter the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 today!


Get Up, Stand Up. For Music. April 26!

Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:27

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Creators and fans around the world will be celebrating
World Intellectual Property Day, April 26.

Join them!

Find numerous events around the world scheduled for April 26: Events

View the worldwide map of IP Day activities

Post your photos and posters on Facebook

Hear from musicians on music

Learn how value is created from music and learn about the rights that make it possible

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Playwriting competitions – showcase or short change?

Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:45

Playwriting competitions – showcase or short change?

by guest blogger Elspeth Rushbrook

A great way to earn money and start your career? Well, not exactly.

Many competitions work on the assumption that what you the writer most wants is to be seen, and to be able to put on your CV/resume and website that you’ve been performed. But competitions seem to work on the same principle as voluntary work: that doing is a reward in itself and substitutes, if not eclipses, earning. ‘We’re charities, we get little money’, competition organisers say. And yet they’ll charge the public a fee to see the performance and pay their box office staff, but not their writers, and I fear nor do actors, directors, composers or stage crew receive money.

Sometimes, everybody BUT the writer gets money - and they've spent the longest creating the play!

Here are some British-based national open theatre writing competitions whose rules and ethos I query:

Windsor Fringe’s Kenneth Branagh award. Three plays are chosen for performance, one gets picked as winner and gets money. So it means that plays 2 and 3 are performed without prize or fee and cannot be put into other competitions, which almost invariably ask for unperformed works – a point the organisers don’t understand.

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Sony World Photography Awards' Open and Youth winners revealed for 2015

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:39

The Open and Youth winners along with the inaugural Mobile Phone winner of the world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards, were announced 31 March, 2015.

WPO Open Youth 2015L-R (c) Antoine Weis, Switzerland, Winner, Nature & Wildlife (c) Antony Crossfield, UK, Winner, Enhanced (c) Armin Appel, Germany, Winner, Architecture (c) Hector Muñoz Huerta, Mexico, Winner, Arts & Culture (c) Jaime Massieu, Spain, Winner, Split Second (c) Nick Ng, Malaysia, Winner, Low Light (c) Norman Quinn, UK, Winner, Panoramic (c) Saleh Rozati, Iran, Winner, People. (c) Wilson Lee, Hong Kong, Winner, Smile (c) Yasen Georgiev, Bulgaria, Winner, Travel
Drawn from the four corners of the world and covering a huge range of subjects, the winning photographers were chosen from over 96,000 entries to the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Winning images to be shown at Somerset House, London 24 April – 10 May

The achievement of each of the 14 winners is extraordinary not only in terms of the competition they faced, but also the fact that these winners are largely not professional photographers; instead they are simply individuals who love photography. The youngest winning photographer is Stephanie Anjo from the United Kingdom who is just 14 years old and the winners are geographically spread from Mexico to Malaysia.

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