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Windows 7: Copyright to photographic images gone too far?

26 Jan 2012   #1
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Copyright to photographic images gone too far?

Similar, but not copied, image found to breach copyright: Digital Photography Review

I don't know about anyone else but it strikes me that this says more about the knowledge of those who judged this case than anything else. The use of colour in B&W images is hardly new, can be seen in many other types of images and for a tourist this might be a typical picture taken of a London bus. Where is this judgement likely to lead us?

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26 Jan 2012   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I think the problem here is that in both cases the only coloured object in an otherwise B&W picture happens to be a red London bus. That plus the fact that both pictures have the same background (Palace of Westminster or Houses of Parliament), even though they were shot at different angles and one shows the Thames whereas the other doesn't.
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26 Jan 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It really is a grey area, but I would have thought that popular locations as this one would make copyright infringements difficult to prove.

Interesting article here: Using Images - What you need to know
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26 Jan 2012   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Exactly how 'iconic' is this image from Temple Island supposed to be?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Team Island Merchandising tat site
Much imitated this image is the Original Red Bus. Taken just before the Routemasters last journey across the bridge this photograph is THE iconic gem, a real-time shot of London.
It's obvious the tea label was 'inspired' by the 'original', but how much revenue could this Temple Island (who don't sell tea) be losing?

Pretty petty lawsuit really.
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26 Jan 2012   #5
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

It does seem a bit petty to me too - just how much research is one expected to do these days when photography is so abundant and the likelihood of many people having the same idea is going to be frequent.

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26 Jan 2012   #6
MrNeeds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

to be honest, Unless the guy who took the photograph is making money off the photograph, why are they taking him to court? would you see metallica taking a school band to court because of their recreation of enter sandman? no, but if they were at a concert then yes, the band have every right to take them to court, same goes here really, but even though different cameras were used, different angles were used, i see some similarities but at the end of the day, it's a photograph, anyone could take the same picture, but only the person who turns up at the patent office gets the rights to make money off it.
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27 Jan 2012   #7
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

It makes me wonder how we are sliding into the future since this particular case seems to entail very little skill with image manipulation software to produce and is a rather mundane picture anyway - doesn't exactly excite me at least.
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