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Rudy Umans

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  1. 21 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

    So what you are saying is that there is consensus but nobody is willing to enforce it because it isn't worth it to them or because it might ruffle inter-governmental relationships. So, essentially, it comes down to the impossibility of enforcing copyright law.

    Interestingly, when I was working with WIPO, the USA was trying to take them over. That was in the 1990s. My involvement was essentially on the IT side.

    That pretty much sums it up as far as treaties goes (unless that case is huge as said or in case of National or international security or something like that)

    SS is in a position to do something in a foreign country if they want and they have an office there.

  2. 7 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

    I know WIPO; they were my client when I worked in Geneva. The impossibility of enforcement is a function of the lack of consensus.

    No it is not. There is consensus for the most part.  There is no enforcement, because enforcement can have consequences in big cases and no impact is small cases. Nobody is going to mess with an international relationship for a few dollar or a few million dollars.

    Also, International law is mainly determining what law of what country will prevail. In case of a potential trial, what country do you go? Do you go to them or do they come to you? That's the question nobody wants to bother with unless it is a huge case that could impact everybody. And even then.......

    I was involved with UNIDO for a few years and learned a lot. (I had an agreement with them)

  3. 6 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

    Trying to get international consensus on copyright law is probably impossible.

    No, it is not. There is an International copyright treaty managed and monitored by the  "World Intellectual Property Organization" (WIPO). The US DMCA act is a direct result of that. (like a local chapter so to speak)

    What is impossible is  enforcing it and filing international claims. The things is, there are no such things as International Laws. They don't exist. What we do have are treaties like the WIPO one, but there is no real international enforcement for those.

    In our case, we have (or should have rather unfortunately) SS to look after our world wide affairs. 

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    16 hours ago, Thijs de Graaf said:

    If Shutterstock would prohibit search engines from passing on our photos, Shutterstock would remain unknown and you would not sell much.

    The search engines in itself are not the problem and I assume that you specifically refer to Google Images. having said that, of course, they would sell a lot without that feature, as a matter of fact, they would sell more. Shutterstock was around, and growing fast, way before Google Images became an issue or was even a Google feature.

     

  5. Even Ansel Adams's first love was music. As a very talented pianist, he almost became a full time professional musician and it was only because he didn't like the politics and the business side of the music industry that stopped him and made him concentrate on photography, which was just a hobby for him until then.

  6. tomorrow morning it will be in the 40ties and with the wind chill 30 something.. I had to put all our orchids (10 or so, incl. one that is almost 5 feet) in the garage. Don't want them to die.

    The good news is, it is only supposed to last a day. So I guess, our winter for this year will be on a Wednesday ......

  7. The simplest answer to the OP's problem is that his "cheap" (his words not mine) 70-300mm is simply soft to begin with (especially at the extremes) and in that case, one can cement the camera/lens in concrete and that still wouldn't change anything.

    Also his 9000 x 4000 px is upsized from the camera's native resolution, which is 6000 x 4000px I believe. Isn't that against the SS rules?  If this is true, you have your reason for rejection(s) right there. Unless his 9000 was a typo, then see answer number 1

  8. 46 minutes ago, Phil Lowe said:

    At 70mm?

    Large format, extended bellows. f64,  70mm is nothing. If you do use aluminum with longer lenses and longer shutter speeds, take the battery grip off and use a lens collar if possible. Don't even think about the center column. (I know you know Phil, but just in case somebody else might read this)

    I have one vintage camera with a 4 inch wide cloth roll up focal plane shutter. (once you hear that shutter, you will never forget)  If I use an aluminum tripod with that camera, the whole camera shakes. Even though I use an overweight heavy duty ball head. Wood? no problem.

     

    That particular camera was actually designed to be handheld. The human body absorbs vibrations and all that much better than aluminum or carbon fiber too.

  9. 1 hour ago, Phil Lowe said:

    First, a 30 second exposure on the best of gear is inviting camera shake through ground vibration.  You can't control that. 

    You can if you use a good quality wooden tripod. Wood absorbs more vibrations than either aluminum or carbon fiber.

    Wood is the way to go. I do long exposures all the time (very often minutes) and never a problem.

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