In music news…

It seems that copyright-related controversy has unexpectedly reared its ugly head on the current tour of resurrected Madchester popsters, the Stone Roses. Photographers are boycotting events because the band are insisting that they have copyright ownership of any photos taken.

Where photographs are concerned copyright usually belongs to the photographer concerned, even if he or she is employed by another organisation on a freelance basis.

The National Union of Journalists, who are backing the strike, says that if the band are concerned that photos taken at the gigs are not used on unauthorised merchandise they ought to ask photographers to sign a contract agreeing not to re-use or sell their work for this purpose, rather than insisting they hand over copyright lock stock and barrel. The union has duly prepared a contract to this effect but the band seem to be made of stone and are refusing to adopt it. The stand-off continues.

(Image of “Stone Roses” [see what I did?] : Creative Commons licence from tomaszd)

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