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Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Emap: After some phone-chasing today, I found out that I’ve been passed straight over to their lawyers. How lovely.

What are the odds, do you think, of the lawyers’ fee being more than what I’m asking for my picture?

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Two days later and not so much as a courtesy reply from Emap, despite their organisation making 28 visits to my report on their image-nickery.

Hello, boys!

Time to chase, I think.

While you wait, have a peek at this:

Billboard – U.K. Industry Trust Unveils ‘Knock-Off’ Ad Campaign: The U.K. entertainment industry is adopting a bold, and sometimes humorous, campaign to deter would-be pirates. As part of a multi-million pound, cross-media initiative, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness will hope to transform consumer attitudes by attaching a social stigma to copyright theft. The message will be passed down through a fictional character, “Knock-off Nigel”, a “shabby” pub-going rogue who buys “knock-off” DVDs, illegally downloads music and entertainment content, and generally grabs what he can for free. From June 1, the £3 million ($5.94 million) campaign, described as the most expensive anti-piracy project of its kind in Britain, will go wide across the country’s media and even into pubs, where slogans will feature on beer coasters.

I’m sure you remember the Industry Trust for IP Awareness … they’re the people who have been busy telling us that DVD piracy funds terrorism.

You can see the early fruits of their Nigel-related labours here.

When you’re done with that, pop over to this MySpace profile and check out the work of the Lancashire Hotpots, (where we are promised “twenty first century folk for twenty first century folk”).

The Lancashire Hotpots (who include Friend of Bloggerheads Sheldon in their line-up) have been enjoying a bit of attention lately, mostly up north (i.e. where the Industry Trust for IP Awareness are focusing the bulk of their energies).

Now, there’s some differences in costume and accent, so this little rip-off isn’t quite as blatant as this one, but surely it would pay to think twice about being even a little bit cheeky about this kind of thing when it’s a campaign for copyright protection and the key purpose is to win hearts and minds.

[Psst! More from the Lancashire Hotpots can be found on YouTube.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 20, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Partial scan of Page 31 from Zoo Weekly, Issue 174I was at a panel discussion last night. The subject was The Dark Side of Social Media. It was an industry event, but we only really got down to the nuts and bolts of how this dark side might impact directly on brands right at the very end.

Just before I left, I found myself chatting with a couple of chaps about Zoo and Nuts and their bad habit of publishing other people’s work without permission or payment. I described it as ‘a growing storm’ that organisations like Emap (owners of Zoo Weekly) should be just a little more aware of and far more sensible about.

Life being what it is, I arrived home to see an email telling me that an alternative 2012 logo that I produced and published two weeks ago was reproduced in Zoo (right)… without permission or payment.

Recently, the people at Zoo have stopped pretending that these images are sent in by readers and have more or less admitted what some of us have suspected for quite some time; that they simply lift the bulk of the material for their ‘You’ve Got Spam’ feature from the front page of… in fact, the following message now appears in teeny-tiny print next to this weekly fixture (and appears to have been in use since February of this year):

“Except where specified, all pics from If you’re the person who took any of the spam pics, let us know. We’d love to give you a credit”

This appears to be a nod to the following PPA copyright advice;

If you want to use a photograph and you are not using a picture agency (they usually manage the copyright) you will have to make every effort to find the person who took the photograph… If all else fails and you cannot ascertain who owns the copyright you could show that you have acted in good faith by putting a statement to say that although every effort has been made to acknowledge all copyrights contained in the [magazine] [article] you would be interested in hearing from any copyright holders who have not been acknowledged.

But if you join me now on a short journey from image to creator, you can see that it’s only three simple (and rather direct) steps from image to profile to my website. Even if they don’t get that far, B3ta has a ‘send a message to this user’ feature.

I don’t think that ‘every effort’ was made to get in touch with me. In fact, it appears that no effort was made at all.

Judging by some of the past disputes that have popped up on the messageboard, this is typical of Emap’s attitude. Emap further complicate matters by dicking people around when they do get in touch to claim ownership.

Emap are also fond of throwing freebies at copyright owners, instead of paying money (and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the sponsors know that their promotional goodies are used in this way).

Further, they’ve been maintaining this attitude for so long now that it becomes less likely as each day passes that they’ll be able to settle this ongoing matter amicably and/or without significant damage to their brand.

Zoo is your chum, you see… your cheery, happy-go-lucky chum. That’s a vulnerable brand, that is… and just take a look at some of the people involved in the past disputes that they’ve tried to settle, stymie or sweep under the carpet:

Beau Bo D’Or, The Great Architect, HappyToast… just stop for a moment and have a think about what these people happen to be very skilled at. Also consider that they have an obvious ability to reach Zoo’s readership.

Emap should take a step back and look at what they’re doing… for the sake of short-term gain, they’re motivating gifted communicators to subvert or damage their brand. Sooner or later, this is going to blow up in their faces.

Normally I invoice people for this kind of advice, but today I’ll be invoicing Emap for their use of an image in circumstances where I can easily prove ownership.

Later, I’ll be blogging the response.

(Tch… look at that… I’ve just become part of the problem.)

UPDATE – Relevant thread.

UPDATE (22 June) – Emap have offered to pay the invoice.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 4, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

I bet you’re dying to know how Busharat fared:

Lawrence Hill
Vacant Seats: 1
Electorate: 8791
Ballot Papers: 2729
Spoilt Papers: 27
Turnout: 31.04%

And the winner is…

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 27, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Mr Ali (and people like him) should try to understand that people like me regard falsified campaign material to be a betrayal of the trust of the electorate… and poorly-executed falsification to be an insult to our intelligence….

Busharat Ali rocks! Click. Share. Enjoy.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 26, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Lib Dem Voice – Are Labour faking photos in Bristol?

Looks like a slam-dunk to me.

UPDATE – There’s something about inept photo manipulation that really doesn’t sit well with me, so I popped by Busharat Ali’s online photo album, borrowed a snapshot, and made a version of the offending image for Mr Ali that is of far superior quality. He is welcome to use it for campaigning purposes.

Busharat Ali

UPDATE – Ahahahahahahahaha! You’ll want to check out Busharat Ali’s campaign videos on YouTube here and here. The supers on the ‘Working for Bristol’ video will have you in stitches. The second video has only one super, the URL of his website, and they even managed to muck that up!

UPDATE (27 April) – The videos were removed last night, but a mirror of both can be found here.

UPDATE (30 April) – I’ve found two more Busharat Ali campaign videos on Google Video here and here.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 28, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

B3ta’s current image challenge is to bring two or more movies together.

One of my entries, ‘Billy the Karate Kid’, resulted in a response including the following link that all Karate Kid fans should enjoy (if they haven’t done so already):

No More Kings: “Sweep the Leg”

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 9, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Beau Bo D’Or – Zoo Magazine – The Tapes

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 6, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

… so now I have to take on David Icke?

(Original can be seen here.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 31, 2006

Category: Photoshopping

Say when....

(Posted to b3ta.)

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