I’m not going to talk about Vista, so relax. I’m going to talk about Corbis –
a company founded by one William Gates III, and based on the same fantasy that
has infested Microsoft. That’s the copyright fantasy. [...]
What to do if your photo agency needs to attract more customers buying more stock photos in less time? Some cut the prices (for whatever reasons, Imagestate recently offered up to 70% off selected CDs), while other stock photo agencies rediscover micro marketing instruments and follow the omnipresent digital lifestyle iPod hooray mass hysteria ("Buy some stock photos and receive an iPod for free, buy more photos & jump out of the window, you´ll receive two iPods for free"), that -- at least to me -- seems to be also one of the underlying principle behind mags like Mactribe.
In April 2004 the European Commission issued a statement advocating European legislation on the governance of collecting societies. CEPIC has filed a Statement in this respect with the EU. The Communication, issued by the Commission, is based on the conclusions of the consultation carried out on these issues, which took place against the backdrop of the emerging Information Society. According to another study ordered by the Commission in 2003, copyright exploitation accounts for over 5.3% of Community GDP. [..]
In this Statement CEPIC stresses again the importance of Individual Rights Management : We believe that the existing individualised system of rights and fees management has proven itself to be efficient and reward rights-holders precisely and appropriately for their work. This system should be retained, and used preferentially where a use can be traced back to an individual rights-holder who can be remunerated in full. Collective management should remain the last resort and be limited to mass usages that are difficult to control; where the individual rights-holder cannot be identified and where such small payments are difficult to collect individually.
Some points are pretty funny, others remarkable (see the full version of the statement for these details; sorry for quoting all this in detail, but it is very interesting):
Some of the organisations that work in the collecting societies area do not seem to consider the difference between the copyright creator and the copyright owner. It is very important that the money goes to the correct recipient As it is now museums, archives, picture agencies and limited companies which have received in different ways the copyright to creative works do not get their part of the remuneration.[..]
It is even so that in the statues some collecting societies every single member has a veto against accepting new members. This cannot be according to transparency throughout Europe. [..]
For the sake of transparency the yearly economic reports should be open for everybody. It is also important that the amount of revenue is divided on the principle of identical treatment
in identical circumstances. [..] However we are not in favour of a one stop shop in the picture business where we believe that the market place is already on the Internet which provides opportunity for all users to receive what they want with competition all over the world on transparent prices and not in a monopolistic way.
[Update June 9, 2004: Forget it. There is no way to re-open over 300 posts and reassigning new categories to the old posts. So these new categories only work with future posts or some very important old posts which had been adjusted. Try the Google Search instead. Sorry]