russell higgs

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so here's a curious situation I woke up into this morning. Someone kindly emailed me to ask if I was aware that someone had used my ENTIRE shutterchance archive and turned it into a video, without even crediting my name anywhere, nor linking back to me.

it is here

and also here

My work is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. And i have never believed in old fashioned clamped down copyright. So I guess perhaps, when seeing my work displayed by someone else in a less than satisfying manner, I just have to deal with it. But its outrageously rude not to credit my name and not to link back to me, never mind not even contacting me about it. Plus the blogspot site not only has the video but it also reprints what looks like my entire collection in stills, which is just greedy.

I'm eventually going to respond to this person's extreme rudeness in my own creative way. But in the meantime could you please leave indignant comments on BOTH their sites (to date the youtube video has had over 15,000 sodding viewings while my name is absent)

UPDATE: I have just receieved an email from them, their name is Dejan, and they have now added my name to both sites. Cheekily I notice they have also removed any comments that originally complained about the absence of credits. They offered to delete the whole thing, but I've simply asked them to reduce the number of stills on their blogspot site. I've also added fresh comments pointing out that I have nothing to do with that video.

Ultimately it is weird seeing my work presented in a way that I don't particularly like (and of course it was infuriating not to see my name anywhere). But fundamentally I had to remind myself that I am extremely critical of all those mainstream artists and corporations who demand to have their unsanctioned work removed from youtube etc

thursday 16112006



so here's a curious situation I woke up into this morning. Someone kindly emailed me to ask if I was aware that someone had used my ENTIRE shutterchance archive and turned it into a video, without even crediting my name anywhere, nor linking back to me.

it is here

and also here

My work is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. And i have never believed in old fashioned clamped down copyright. So I guess perhaps, when seeing my work displayed by someone else in a less than satisfying manner, I just have to deal with it. But its outrageously rude not to credit my name and not to link back to me, never mind not even contacting me about it. Plus the blogspot site not only has the video but it also reprints what looks like my entire collection in stills, which is just greedy.

I'm eventually going to respond to this person's extreme rudeness in my own creative way. But in the meantime could you please leave indignant comments on BOTH their sites (to date the youtube video has had over 15,000 sodding viewings while my name is absent)

UPDATE: I have just receieved an email from them, their name is Dejan, and they have now added my name to both sites. Cheekily I notice they have also removed any comments that originally complained about the absence of credits. They offered to delete the whole thing, but I've simply asked them to reduce the number of stills on their blogspot site. I've also added fresh comments pointing out that I have nothing to do with that video.

Ultimately it is weird seeing my work presented in a way that I don't particularly like (and of course it was infuriating not to see my name anywhere). But fundamentally I had to remind myself that I am extremely critical of all those mainstream artists and corporations who demand to have their unsanctioned work removed from youtube etc

comments (4)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 16 Nov 2006, 14:54
I can see why you are feeling boxed into a corner Russell. It takes great creativity and courage to post a new self portrait photo each day the way that you do. I see he has google adsense on his site so the money alone he is making from people going to his site from his one post is probably more than you have made the entire time you have been posting on this blog. I think it is disgraceful and he doesn't even have enough gumption to post an apology here. Keep up the good work Russell.
russell higgs: that video went up on youtube 3 days ago, and more than 15,000 people viewed it without any mention of my name. that really bugs me, theres nothing that can be done about it now. plus we don't know how many people visit the blogspot site.

but there we are, thats life on the net etc etc
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2006, 18:37
The more that I thought about this issue Russell, the more it wound me up, especially having seen the initial posts, with no credit, without permission, poorly executed and with blatant disregard to the feelings of others. I see that the tone of the phrases has also changed!

Your still on good form though.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 16 Nov 2006, 22:54
They could have at least asked what backing track you would prefer for the video. You've taken it with dignity and politeness. Keep up the good work as whichever way you look at it you must be doing something right to attract the interest.
russell higgs: the backing track is certainly tired and well beyond its sell by date.

but then the whole manner of that video is old hat. its a video style that I would never ever opt for because it was utterly exhausted back in august of this year with .....
"Me: Girl takes pic of herself every day for three years"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55YYaJIrmzo
uploaded to youtube on August 11, 2006

and then there was....

"Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years."
January 11, 2000 - July 31, 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B26asyGKDo
uploaded to youtube on August 27, 2006

etc etc etc

It bugs me that my work has now been presented as a poorly made derivative of those videos. 4 months of my work reduced to a couple of minutes of out-of-date novelty viewing.

but as I've said, thats the web for you. thats the risk we take when we share our ideas.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Nov 2006, 22:24
thats just plain rude

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