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A protester outside Europe House holds up two large placards which between them read as "The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - A corrupt capitalist conspiracy to end democracy".

 

This photo © Pete Riches

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My now defunct MacBook Pro seemed to have this way of attracting stickers like crazy. Do hover over and take a read. Before you ask, yes, that's a terrible thing to do to a computer - I'm a terrible person. Yes, I did get a lot of looks on the train. And, yes, I am procrastinating.

A poster put together on behalf of Osmosoft and in fulfillment of my duty as today's One Web Day ambassador. It's available as a clean, high-resolution scan [PDF].

Two TTIP protesters at the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) hold placards reading "Hands Off! No TTIP" and "Corporates vs People. No GMO".

 

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PPUK & ORG members attend a rally against surveillance, then join up with activists protesting Legal aid cuts, before joining the massive NHS demonstration in Manchester

Three police officers guard the doorway of Europe House. Beside them a large banner which reads "Stop the corporate takeover. No EU/US 'free trade' deal" is leaning against the railings.

 

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Three anti-TTIP activists chat on Smith Square. In the centre a woman holds a placard which reads "TTIP means no way to protect the environment or people's health from corporate greed".

 

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A large, colourful banner hangs across the front of Europe House on Smith Square and reads "Corporate hands off. #noTTIP". The Union Jack and the European flag fly above.

 

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Jim Killock of ORG addressing the anti-surveillance protest in Manchester - (PPUK & ORG members attend a rally against surveillance, then join up with activists protesting Legal aid cuts, before joining the massive NHS demonstration in Manchester)

I've decided that it might be about time to start attaching a watermark to the photos I upload to the internet. It's not actually because I'm having problems with people using my photos on their blogs/websites uncredits - I don't really, I don't make money off my photography and I'm happy to use a Creative Commons non-commercial-attribution licence which flickr shows with the info on the photo page. That said, just because I don't make money off my shots, doesn't mean I'm giggly as a schoolgirl about other people using my work for free in their commercial ventures. Which brings us to...

 

My (best beloved) government and their truly gawdawful Digital Economy Bill. Amongst its many flaws (and it has so many flaws that MI5 are worried that it's going to make it harder to track criminals online) are some issues to do with what are called orphan works - works under copyright that have become separated from the copyright owner. Now clearly there's an issue in that there are some genuinely orphaned works who's owners can't be found and therefore the images cannot be used. However. The Digital Economy Bill has this clause that creates a process where someone who wants to use an image, may licence it from a collecting society that will be established for this purpose, if they cannot find the copyright holder through an 'adequate search' (yeah, the exact nature of adequate's still undefined - it's quite mad). They pay a small fee for this, and if the copyright owner finds out about the use they can claim some money from the society, but basically their rights are ignored. (If you want to read more on this, I recommend Copyright Action for Photographers and Photograph Users and the more openly campaigny Stop43).

 

Anyway, since I don't only use my photos here, but on my blog, and in some other sites where they're more prominently attached to my user name than my real name, I've decided that one way of making clearer that a photo is mine is to stamp a watermark on it. If I ever have time I might start putting them on some of the 2,500+ backlog I've created on here...

 

If you're in the UK, please please please email your local MP about the digitial economy bill. There's a whole host of other issues related, including the fact that it's likely to seriously damage the availabilty of public wifi - including in libraries, schools and universities, because the bill wants to make the account holder liable for any illegal activity taking place through that account - regardless of who is undertaking the activity. Worst of all, this thing came out of the House of Lords (where it started, with Lord Mandelson, who isn't even freaking elected) on Monday and the government are going to try and get it passed before the General Election through something called the 'wash up' (don't ask), which means the House of Commons (yeah, the House where the people you elect actually go) are barely going to debate it at all (believe me, I know so much more about Parliamentary process since following this whole thing, it's the ONLY good thing it's doing for me). Please check out Open Rights Group's blog for lots of information - they're really not crazies crusading for pirates rights or anything, just campaigning for a decent law that will do what it's supposed to do rather than being completely open to abuse by vested interests. The campaign site 38degrees have partnered up with Open Rights to make it really easy for you to find your MP and email him. Even if you don't agree with me that a lot of the bill is flawed, the process by which this thing is being passed is incredibly undemocratic, so PLEASE yell about that - otherwise governments are never going to stop doing it.

 

Public Broadcast/Rant Over.

Speaking to ORG supporters.

Keynote from James Boyle, very interesting

Nothing says we're living in a surveillance society than the gradual acceptance of CCTV as normal by swathes of the population. Using this symbol of the big-brother state as advertising highlights this trend.

 

Taken for the Freedom Not Fear, Big Picture event on October 11th, 2008.

24/3/10 - The Open Rights Group staged a demonstration outside the British parliament against the Digital Economy Bill.

24/3/10 - The Open Rights Group staged a demonstration outside the British parliament against the Digital Economy Bill.

Digital rights projects Hack Day at Mozilla’s offices

The irony here is too great.

 

Update: NO2ID & the Open Rights Group is celebrating Freedom Not Fear Day (October 11th) through collecting photos of the surveillance state. Tag your photo FNFBigPicture and give it a CC-BY licence (like this one) to join in!

24/3/10 - The Open Rights Group staged a demonstration outside the British parliament against the Digital Economy Bill.

 

The crowd was addressed by politicians and activists including Cory Doctorow.

Who knew that dead people could sign petitions? But, according to Larry Lessig, this petition contains the names of at least two dead people: Lonnie Donegan, died 4th November 2002; Freddie Garrity, died 20th May 2006.* (http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/003628.shtml)

 

If you happen to find any other dead people who've expressed their concern about copyright term extension on sound recordings from beyond the grave, please do leave a comment.

 

* Wikipedia gives 3 Nov and 19 May respectively.

Just a quick snap before I dive back into the many rooms of interesting discussion here at ORGCon. More later.

This is posted on the wall of Plug in Sheffield city centre. It's an excerpt from the Identity Cards Act saying that producing false ID is an arrestable offence with a jail term if convicted. Scary that this is becoming a reality.

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ORG's Patron, speaking about his work, copyright, signing tours and /fiction

24/3/10 - The Open Rights Group staged a demonstration outside the British parliament against the Digital Economy Bill.

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