Copyright: Sion Touhig article

Have a look at photojournalist Sion Touhig’s fascinating article on The Register: How the anti-copyright lobby makes big business richer.

We’re continually being told the Internet empowers the individual. But speaking as an individual creative worker myself, I’d argue that all this Utopian revolution has achieved so far in my sector is to disempower individuals, strengthen the hand of multinational businesses, and decrease the pool of information available to audiences. All things that the technology utopians say they wanted to avoid.

Sion’s article covers a wide range of hot topics including: citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, stock photography, and Creative Commons. There are extensive comments on Sion’s blog entry about this article. And if you’re tired of reading about copyright, have a look at the great photographs on Sion’s website.

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  1. The copyright issue (linked to the internet issue) is basically the Photography 101 version of the current overall state of Adam Smith’s “utopian” free marketplace. It’s all about the big guys telling the little guys that it’s all about the little guys, all the while deflecting attention away from the Man behind the curtain.

    The big guys always know how to empower themselves with whatever the current technology is. They are very good at organizing. Unfortunately, since the virtual demise of the union movement, the new-generation little guys have forgotten how to organize and fight back.

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