Happy 2014 from St. John’s, Newfoundland

Our first photo of 2014 is, once again, the New Years Eve fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, Newfoundland. At 10:30PM in sub-zero temps Erinn, Sue and I headed out to the White Hills to take u p position over looking the lake with a great view of east end of the city. eah, it was cold. Click image to see large view. Copyright © 2014 Greg Locke – www.greglocke.com

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Thanks for the Mummeries

2013 Mummers Parade photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfoundland. © 201 - www.greglocke.com…click to enlarge

As the year ends and winter gets a grip in the Northern latitudes, many cultures mark the passing of another year and the coming of winter with annual religious and folk festivals and events. Here in Newfoundland, the remote and isolated coastal fishing villages long held on to traditions brought from England and Ireland. A mix of ancient Celtic, Pagan and Anglo-Saxon rituals merged with Christianity and the celebration of Christmas. One of those traditions, Mummering, has enjoyed a cultural revival in urban areas in recent years.

For the second year in a row I’ve been honoured to photograph the Mummer’s Parade in St. John’s, brilliantly organized by Ryan Davis and his merry band of volunteers.

You can find out more about The Mummers Festival at mummersfestival.ca and see more of my photos there. If you have a subscription to Facts & Opinions to can get an edited slide show mixed with audio and music from this years parade by the Armagh Rhymers, who visited from Ireland.

….enjoy your holidays and let the mummers in for a drink if they come knocking at your door on a dark wintery night.

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Eleanor McCain in Newfoundland with NSO

Eleanor McCain in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with the NSO. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Our last major shoot of 2013 could not have been more pleasurable. Four days on tour on the west coast of Newfoundland with the brilliant musicians and crew of  Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Eleanor McCain for the Christmas Pops Tour. We stole Eleanor away from rehearsals to play in the snow and shoot some photos in wintery Corner Brook.  But at -20C it was a pretty quick shoot.!

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Climbing Manuals, Newfoundland

Su Alteen climbing on German Face at Manuals, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Su Alteen climbing on German Face at Manuals, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

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Stories about Newfoundland and Africa

Spanish and Canadian offshore fishing trawlers in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Canadian 200 Mile Limit on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. © Greg Locke 2000

Spanish and Canadian offshore fishing trawlers in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Canadian 200 Mile Limit on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. © Greg Locke 2000

 

This week I’ve filed two stories and photo packages to Facts and Opinions. One looking back on the 20 years since the Canadian ban on the commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and the other is a collection of photos and note book entries from my various assignments in Africa. You may have seen the photos before but this is the first time I’ve published anything from my field notes.

So, if you have a subscription please check these out when you are visiting the site. If you DON’T have a subscription you really should consider buying one. The site is filled with great stories, commentary, analysis and , PHOTOJOURNALISM!   …from very talented and informed journalists and editors.

Facts and Opinions is independent journalism site owned and operated by its writers, editors, photographers and producers and it is the only place you will find my editorial work. You can start at the FREE blog page http://www.factsandopinions.com/blog/

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Simon G in St. John’s

Simon Ghanimian

World renown jewellery designer Simon Ghanimian, of Simon G jewellery photographed by Greg Locke at Diamond Design in St. John’s, Newfoundland. © 2013 – www.greglocke.com

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Daniel Morel wins $1.2M lawsuit against AFP-Getty

Haitian photographer Daniel Morel has been award $1.2 Million by a US judge in a nasty copyright infringement lawsuit against Getty Images and Agence France Presse. This decision is not only a major win for Morel and serious slap for the two international news agencies for what the judge called, willful copyright infringement, it also will be a precedent setting ruling that defines the use and distribution of copyrighted images on the internet and social media websites with their Term of Use agreements that lays claims to photos that people post to their accounts. The case is one of the first to address how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes and suggests that such “Terms of Use Agreements” cannot override federal and international copyright laws.

 

Daniel Morel, 2nd from left, after court. PHOTO: © Jeremy Nicholl 2013

Joseph Baio, who represents Morel, said the ruling proves that images taken from Twitter without permission cannot be used for commercial purposes.

This story started when Morel, 62, a well known photographer for his years of work in Haiti posted the first photos of the 2010 Haiti earthquake to his Twitter account for his clients to see. An editor at AFP discovered Morel’s photos through another Twitter user’s account, downloaded them, striped the identifying metadata and gave them to Getty, a partner agency, for distribution. The photos were then widely disseminated to Getty’s clients worldwide. AFP also distributed a number of the images on their network.

When Morel complained about the copyright infringement AFP filed the lawsuit in 2010 against

Morel, seeking a declaration that it had not infringed on his copyrights. Morel then filed his own counter-suit.

In the Jan 2013 preliminary hearing AFP had initially argued that Twitter’s terms of service permitted the use of the photos but Judge Alison Nathan found that Twitter’s policies that allowed posting and retweeting of images but did not grant the right to others to use them commercially and that AFP and Getty committed a willful violation of the Copyright Act and ordered the case go to trail to award damages. The jury also found AFP and Getty guilty of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: specifically for altering Copyright Management Information and for adding false and misleading CMI. AFP had credited the photos to another photographer. For this they awarded Morel a further $20,000.

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At trial, AFP lawyer Joshua Kaufman, blamed the infringement on an innocent mistake and said the Twitter user who posted Morel’s photos without attribution bore responsibility for the error. The AFP editor, Kaufman said, believed the pictures were posted for public distribution.

The $1.2 million was the maximum statutory penalty available under the US Copyright Act. AFP had asked for the award to be set at $120,000. Several news outlets that published Morel’s images previously settled with the photographer for undisclosed amounts, including the Washington Post, CBS, ABC and CNN.

Twitter was not a party in the case. “As has always been our policy, Twitter users own their photos,” a Twitter spokesman said.

You can get the blow-by-blow account of the trail at Editorial Photographers UK

Reuters coverage of the Jan 2013 Hearing
Reuters coverage of the November trial.

 

 

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Offshore photo essay in Macleans

West Aquarius in Conception Bay, Newfoundland COPYRIGHT © 2012 GREG LOCKE - www.greglocke.com
SeaDrill’s West Aquarius offshore drill rig in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. COPYRIGHT © 2012 Greg Locke

This weeks Macleans has a photo essay of some of my Newfoundland offshore oil industry photos. Macleans is the national news magazine in Canada.

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New Liberal leader for Newfoundland

Dwight Ball addresses party members after winning leadership of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s, Newfoundland on November 17, 2013. Photo by Greg Locke© 2013

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Backstage with the NSO

Backstage, Friday night, for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 2 performance at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland with cellist Sarah Jane Johnson, recipient of this year’s Suncor Energy String Fellowship Program. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

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