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