Who Owns Your Pictures?

Tim Bray, NPR | All Things Considered, May 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While it is not yet clear that social media sites are yet able to claim overship over so-called 'orphan photographs' - that is, photos the ownership of which cannot be determined after a (somewhat) "diligent search", it does seem clear that these sites are in the process of creating orphan works by removing author and ownership data from metadata embedded in the photos. "it’s not just Twitter... Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, and Twitter are losing attribution. On the other hand, DropBox, Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr are doing the right thing." The photo by Tim Bray attached to this post has had its metadata removed thrice over, once by Twitter and twice in processing (as I also use ImageMagick to process photos).

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