Show evidence of lines of communication with other specialists (photographers, gallery owners, potential patrons) and others, such as professional bodies such as the Association of Photographers, The Royal Photographic Society and the British Institute of Professional Photography. Record what services professional bodies offer and how these bodies could be advantageous to your career path.
Emails in my Live Project from Richard Tymon and back prove communication with other photographers is done in an effective clear and good communicative way. Dual Tagged this for ease of finding. Added to this my email conversations with Bury Archives section at the towns Library to put on my own exhibition based on personal project.
Also below, reply from an email to Pete Davis, publisher of In Wild Wood which has inspired my personal project this year.
I am a student member of the AOP and this gives access to beyond the lens which contains valuable information and forms for various contract issues arising in photography along with allowance to enter the AOP Student Awards.
The AOP (www.the-aop.org)
What the AOP can do for its Members:
The AOP has dedicated staff to help solve members’ problems and offer guidance on a myriad of topics affecting the everyday business of being a photographer in a commercial environment. They can be consulted by either email or telephone and their expertise comes from years in the industry. Whilst they are not lawyers, they can often give enough information and guidance to defuse situations and prevent costly legal cases.
The staff can help AOP members on:
- negotiations for re-use of your work
- looking at, and advising on, contracts from clients; agents; and libraries to identify the good and bad clauses and help you negotiate a good deal
- advise on small claims and county court procedures; providing expert witnesses; attending court with you
- arranging arbitration by fellow members and staff for problems that won’t go away
Members’ problems that need more of a legal eye, can be referred to Swan Turton, a media and IP specialist law firm, who are retained by the AOP to help members with more complicated issues. On referral from the AOP office, members receive up to 30 minutes consultation, the cost of which is mainly borne by the AOP with the balance (currently £40 + VAT) being passed onto the member. Should members need to retain the lawyers services further, they will be charged by Swan Turton at an AOP discounted hourly rate.
We have a number of web-based products available making help available to members 24/7:
- Beyond the Lens – available to download as an iBook for £19.99
- FAQ’s – questions most frequently asked of the AOP advice staff with answers and links to further information and template letters
- Business documents – terms and conditions of business; estimate, invoice, & licence templates; model release forms to download
- Copyright4clients – a resource to inform those clients who can’t understand why you won’t assign copyright or work for nothing, click here.
- Usage Calculator – replaces the re-usage guidelines by calculating the suggested usage cost from information you input
The AOP represents it’s members on a number of other organizations to ensure photographers’ voices are heard:
A national consultative and advisory body representing those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works. As a liaison committee and pressure group for change in copyright law at UK, European and international level, the BCC provides its members with a forum for the discussion of copyright matters.
A body comprising all the major UK photographic bodies, it exists to protect, develop and promote the rights and interests of photographic image-makers, those involved in the distribution of their work, and the bodies that represent them in the UK. The Council represents its views to the Government, the European Commission and other relevant bodies either directly, or through, or with the co-operation of other bodies with similar aims. It also exists to improve and encourage best practice nationally and internationally on matters relating to the use of photography, and the employment and commissioning of representing photographic image-makers and the distribution of their work.
DACS provide a range of licensing services for copyright consumers seeking to license the individual rights of an artist. Licences for secondary uses of artistic works are administered under collective licensing schemes on behalf of all visual creators. DACS distributes these funds through Payback. DACS also manages the Artist’s Resale Right on behalf of artists in the UK. The Artist’s Resale Right entitles an artist to a resale royalty each time their art work is sold by an auction house, gallery or dealer.
The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity promoting both the art and science of photography and aims to help individuals realise their potential as photographers. It is a membership organisation but, as a charity, undertakes a significant number of activities for the public benefit.
Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, simply a passion and love for photography or images, its technologies or applications.
Many of our members join to further their own photography and to embrace the challenge of working towards our internationally-recognized Distinctions (LRPS, ARPS and FRPS) or Imaging Science Qualifications (QIS, GIS, AIS and ASIS).
By attending Society events – some 300-plus each year – our members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, meet and learn from other photographers and to develop their photographic interests and skills.
The Society holds a number of exhibitions and competitions for members and non-members. The International Print and International Images for Science Exhibitions are held annually alongside exhibitions organized by Special Interest Groups, Regions and Overseas Chapters.
The Royal Photographic Society educational remit is central to its work. It organises practical workshops and lectures with its Regions and Special Interest Groups arrange additional activities, lectures, visits and field trips. The Society also supports photographers and students through its bursary programme.
Our annual Awards, held in London each September, recognise the highest achievements of individuals from all fields of photography.
The BIPP represents professional photography to government and industry and works with groups such as the BCC (British Copyright Council), Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media) and the BPLC (the united voice for the industry on copyright issues). BIPP is also a member of the FEP (Federation of European Professional Photographers).
The BIPP continues the battle to protect photographers’ rights by joining the campaign led by Stop43. The core aim of Stop43 is to stop commercial orphan works exploitation in the UK Digital Economy Bill Clause 43. For more information on the campaign visit the Stop43 website.
Artists’ Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights for photography competitions is a campaign which began in 2008, led by Pro-imaging. The campaign aims to protect photographers from ruthless exploitation by competition organisers, who seek to gain perpetual and irrevocable usage rights of the competition entries. BIPP is proud to support this protection of photographers’ rights. When entering competitions, it is vital that all terms and conditions are read and fully understood, before submitting images.
Copyright & Licensing
The copyrights and licensing of images is a complex issue, governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Key points include:
- The Act is governed by law and copyright is an automatic right – it does not need to be registered.
- The Act aims to protect peoples work from being copied.
- Photographs are considered ‘artistic works’ within the Act.
- Copyright applies to any medium. This means that copyright protected work cannot be produced in another medium without permission. This includes the publishing of photographs on the internet, a painting of a photograph etc.
- Copyright does not protect ideas for a work. It is only when the work itself is fixed or tangible.
- A Copyright protected work can have more than one copyright, or another intellectural property (IP) right connected to it.
The Intellectual Property Office (www.ipo.gov.uk) is the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in the United Kingdom. There is comprehensive information on Copyright and licensing on their website, www.ipo.gov.uk. Their Information Centre are able to answer general copyright enquiries, they cannot give opinions or advice on infringement. They can be contacted on 0300 300 2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full Act of 1988 can be seen on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information-
Photographers who are members of the BIPP have access to a number of legal document masters, including terms and conditions, wedding contracts, licensing and re-usage documents and agent/photographer agreements. All of these will play vital roles in protecting a photographer’s copyright. BIPP photographers also receive free legal advice as a membership benefit.
Taking Photographs in Public Places
BIPP continues to work to protect photographers’ rights. A current issue is the taking of photographs in public places. Along with meetings with government bodies we liaise closely with organisations such as Pro-imaging and the AOP to highlight these vital issues and concerns.
Just reading parts of the excerpts from the websites above it shows what can be done for the professional photographer by being a member of one or more of the above organisations. With regards to career path, they can help you with further qualifications, listing you on websites as a photographer registered with them, and provide help and advice when needed