Digital Picture of Britain

Issues of image ownership are brewing over the BBC’s Digital Picture of Britain.

Issues of image ownership are brewing over the BBC’s Digital Picture of Britain. The BBC recently launched a competition to ‘help build a digital picture of Britain in 2005.' However, professional photographers have voiced anxiety that entrants to the competition are giving away their image copyright to the BBC. Despite stating in the competition rules ‘Copyright will remain with the photographer,’ the terms and conditions of www.bbc.co.uk state: “you agree, by submitting your contribution, to grant the BBC a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licenseable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play, make available to the public, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your contribution worldwide and/or to incorporate your contribution in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your contribution, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the BBC's Privacy Policy. If you do not want to grant to the BBC the rights set out above, please do not submit your contribution to bbc.co.uk.” In effect, all contributions belong to the BBC and contributors are restricted from selling submitted photographs in the future. Find out more at http://photoshopnews.com/category/top-stories/

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