Your Photographs aren’t your photographs anymore?

All public events are fair game.

This means photos made of you visiting concerts (singing out loud, so flattering), of your family  at the beach (yeah think of you wearing that bikini – or worse your kid pulling it down ..), visits to restaurants (nothing as becoming as a close-up of you eating in public), or any other public gathering can be used without a worry in the world. Most of us knew that, right? We never expect these photographs appearing on a billboard or bus, at least never without granting permission.

How about the content and media you share on Facebook?
Here is what they state in their new 2015 TOS – which by the way backdates ( !!! ):
You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

So, post a photograph on FB and it is free to use, from there on.

Do you really want certain pictures you posted on FB 4 years ago to appear on billboards/buses? Most of us think that this wont happen anyway; why would anybody want to post my ugly selfie in public space? You could be so wrong (and sorry), and worse; there is nothing you can do about it. No consent needed, no copyright protection, no informing you about any use whats so ever. Picture a personal photograph of your kid, used to advertise dipers – and you were never told about it.


Well, it is too late anyway, even if you delete your FB account right now – and how many of us would do that? Anything shared, ever, is out there and now belongs to Facebook. —   [[chatdislike]] [[iidislyk]]

I wonder how professional photographers handle this, for example there is a store around the corner where I live, they post their photo-shoots on a Facebook fanpage. This was always considered good marketing, you need social media to promote and sell your product, right? Well, if they do not delete their page before January 1 2015, they are handing out freebies. Oh and reach all their customers, who have proudly shared the photographs on their Facebook pages already, for sure…  yep, too late.





Florence, Alabama – USA
February 28 to March 2, 2013

October 1, 2012 – Regular Deadline

Presented in a university setting, The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival provides its attendees with an exceptional lineup of quality workshops, panels, screenings, and networking opportunities – as well as with informal interaction among filmmakers and guests. Its priority is to discover emerging talents and promote their works by reaching, educating, inspiring, and entertaining audiences with the best in cinematic art.

The festival carries forward the memory of beloved character actor and humanitarian George S. Lindsey, best known as Goober on The Andy Griffith Show . Beyond his television work, Lindsey’s selfless efforts raised over $1.7 million for Alabama Special Olympics and another $50,000 for the Alabama Association of Retarded Citizens. Lindsey’s open heart, gentle spirit, and intellectual curiosity are now the driving forces of the festival that bears his name. In a manner similar to George Lindsey himself, this festival is proud to offer Southern hospitality at its finest, ensuring all attending filmmakers and guests enjoy an outstanding experience. As Ernest Borgnine declared, this is a “festival that really cares about good film and the filmmakers who make it.”

As one of four cities that make up the Shoals region along the Tennessee River, Florence, Alabama is an entertainment mecca with roots that reach deep into Southern rock and the blues. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, Etta James, Tom Jones, and a host of other music legends have recorded in the region; that formidable network of entertainment greats has helped pave way for another – the astounding film industry family that continues to blossom in Florence. Submit your film to the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival today and discover this artist’s haven for yourself!

The 16th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is hosted at the University of North Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River, the festival offers competitive categories in screenwriting as well as in filmmaking, honors both narrative and documentary films, and also includes a “Vanguard” competition for films with innovative aesthetic or abstract techniques.

The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival welcomes local, national, and international entries, and encourages submissions from student and professional filmmakers alike. First-place winners in each category receive a Golden Lion Medallion and a cash prize, or its equivalent in products. Films at least partly produced in Alabama are also eligible for the Clyde ‘Sappo’ Black Sweet Home Alabama Award, which carries a cash prize of $2,000 USD. Special Jury Awards are also presented in such categories as Best Story, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and Best Score.

The best works from emerging talents are recognized alongside such recent best-of-show winners as Shane Acker’s Oscar-nominated 9; Steve Guttenberg’s P.S., Your Cat is Dead!; and Kathryn Tucker Windham’s documentary, Kathryn, the Story of a Teller. Industry Q&A events, table readings of winning screenplays, and a variety of late-night events add additional personality and flair to this unique festival that has drawn Academy Award-winners Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty), character actors Rance Howard (Cool Hand Luke) and Stephen Root (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) , and luminaries from the music, art, radio, and television industries.