Wed 8th February 2012, 9:10pm
QUOTE(Alison @ Wed 8th February 2012, 12:08am)
In fairness, it was the Daily Fail
and they do this a lot
These photo squabbles really annoy me--and they should annoy anyone. All of the parties come off
looking greedy and disgusting. The photographer, the publisher, even the legal system that enables it. If
a photog was really screwed by a publisher, and he went to an attorney to file a suit, the attorney would
(of course) demand a contingency fee, plus a very large percentage of any recoveries. And who
ultimately pays? The people who bought the publication, of course.
Internet copyright wars are still in their early days. There is constant, relentless pressure on Congress,
Parliament and all other lawmaking bodies to make copyright infringement a major felony, thus making
wide swaths of the Internet illegal. I suspect we will be seeing laws passed in the near future that will
make SOPA look like a moderate thing. And if they can do that with video and audio recordings and
photographs, you can expect to see sentences and even single words protected. It will become a crime
to use a word in normal conversation. Orwell via the back door, if you like.