Copyright issues

Copyright issues

MOST OF YOU will have read the story of Karen Anvil, who took a photograph of Prince William,

the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Sandringham on Christmas Day.

 The image was taken on her iPhone and later tweeted on Twitter and was quickly recognised as the best of the bunch.

 Newspaper editors realised that it was better than any of the images obtained by some 20 professional photographers covering the same event.

Fortunately for Mrs Anvil, she was quickly advised to seek professional help and not to give the image away, due to its potential earnings value.

That advice came from the professional photographers who were present when the image was taken.

Within a very short space of time, Karen placed a statement on Twitter

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and if anyone wished to use it or share it they should contact her before doing so; clearly good advice from a professional adviser.

(At the time of writing this article the full royalties emanating from sale of this image have not been published

but they are expected to reach a six figure total i.e. in excess of 100,000 pounds sterling.)

So, what has this “Good News” story got to do with photographers in New Zealand? Like many of the Society’s members, I regard myself as a very keen amateur photographer.

I occasionally undertake the odd job for payment

(usually within the newsprint or magazine arena) and I get great satisfaction from seeing my work published.

Maybe this is one of the reasons so many of us like to enter competitions – it’s the pleasure of recognition which accompanies a successful entry that provides a boost to our self esteem.

With the advent of technology and computerisation it is very easy to capture an image and share it with the world in a matter of seconds, as proved by Karen Anvil.

You can add images to your Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter, so that your close family and friends can view the images instantly and respond to you with feedback about the occasion or the image.

 Simultaneously, complete strangers can also view your images and, if they feel so inclined, download them and use them for their personal benefit.

Ninety-nine percent of the time you will be totally unaware of the theft of your work.

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