Brands / Intellectual Property / Legal Contracts

Photograph licences: 5 things to know before you sign!

Are you a content creator who has been approached by a brand that wants to use your photos? Are you a burgeoning professional photographer, who wants to syndicate your images? Maybe you want to collaborate with another person, whose images you’d like to post on your social media accounts or website. In these situations, you might want to consider entering a licence agreement. But before you sign anything, here are a few things you should know. 01. What is a photograph licence? A licence is a way for the copyright owner of an image – usually the photographer – to…

Deepfakes / Image Rights

Deepfakes and the Law: an excerpt from my Society of Computers & Law Webinar

On Tuesday, 8 September 2020, I was delighted to give a webinar for the Society of Computers & Law entitled Me and my Deepfake: a closer look at image rights and our digital selves. SCL is a fantastic educational charity so, if you like what you see here, I would encourage you to join SCL or perhaps donate to their organisation. My webinar was structured into three main sections: the technology behind deepfakes, the real world risks they can pose, and different laws which may be available to combat an unwanted deepfake. In this post, I’m going to share my…

Deepfakes

The Tech Behind Deepfakes

I am by no means a computer programmer, let alone an expert in artificial intelligence. But I have done a lot of research on AI and machine learning in the context of deepfakes. In this post, I summarise some of the key concepts underpinning how deepfakes are made. Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence is often associated with a system such as Skynet, the computer with superintelligence that stars, albeit off screen, as the antagonist in the Terminator films. Such computers are often portrayed as sentient and self-aware, and may one day replicate or potentially even surpass human intelligence to form cultures…

Copyright / Social Media

Is someone stealing your Instagram posts?

Here are 10 things to know about copyright infringement on Instagram and other social media platforms… and what you can do about it. Putting photos or other forms of creative content on social media is a key part of gaining exposure and growing one’s business. However, sharing work online also puts it at risk of being used in ways you did not consent to. Here are just a few things to know about copyright protection for content posted to social media. 1. If your post is original content, it’s likely protected by copyright law automatically. Copyright arises automatically in original works…