How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Video Views

In a Nutshell created this 5-minute video that offers a simple explanation of the problem of “freebooting” on Facebook, when copyrighted videos are ripped from other sources (mostly YouTube) and uploaded to the service without permission. The videos then go viral, gaining attention for the uploader and ad views for Facebook, but leaving the original content creator out in the cold. Facebook recently announced that they reached 8 billion video views per day. In the first quarter of 2015, however, 725 of the 1000 top videos on Facebook were stolen from YouTube, and those videos accounted for 17 billion views. Facebook also gives preferential treatment to stolen videos uploaded to its service over links to outside content. chart “This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft,” writes In a Nutshell. “All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine,
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Photojournalist Exits Prestigious Contest After Cloned Straw Discovered

contestpostheader A photojournalist has withdrawn his entry from Australia’s most prestigious press photography contest after it was discovered that he had cloned out a piece of distracting straw from one of his pictures. The Walkley Foundation announced this week that News Corp photographer David Caird has voluntarily pulled out of the 2015 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Press Photographer of the Year after being nominated as one of the 3 finalists. The Guardian reports that the altered photo was this shot of the baby gorilla Kimye at the Melbourne Zoo: submission The photo was just one of the images submitted to the contest as part of Caird’s body of work. The Photoshopping apparently went unnoticed until Caird’s photo was spotted by another anonymous photographer who captured virtually the same exact image at the same time. That photographer’s photo, however, had a piece of straw above the baby gorilla’s head. anotherphotog The rules of the contest
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This is How People in Other Industries Respond When Asked for Free Spec Work

Requests for free spec work is a big problem for photographers, who lose out when clients demand free photos in exchange for “vague to nonexistent compensation.” To show how ridiculous the idea of spec work is, Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo had a guy approach people in other businesses with requests for free spec work to sample their products and services before actually committing to paying. A barista, chef, personal trainer, and architect all responded with indignation; watch their reactions in the 2.5-minute video above. “It’s time we all said no to spec,” Zulu says. (via Zulu Alpha Kilo via AdWeek)
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B&H Photo Warehouse Workers Vote to Unionize

b&hheader B&H workers have unionized after passing a 200-to-88 vote yesterday to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union. Last month, nearly 200 workers launched a protest and unionization campaign, accusing the photo retail giant of subjecting employees to long hours, unsafe work environments, inadequate training, and discrimination.
Today was a historic victory for B&H Photo warehouse workers and an inspiration to workers everywhere. After a year of… Posted by Laundry Workers Center on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

By the time the vote rolling around yesterday, over 1,000 people in the photography and creative industries signed an open letter in support of the B&H workers. “We stand with the workers of the #BHexposed campaign, and call
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DJI Now Owns a Little Piece of Hasselblad Cameras

Print DJI announced today that is has acquired a minority stake in Hasselblad, forming a strategic partnership between a well-known brand in high-end cameras and the best-known brand in camera drones. The companies say the alliance will allow for opportunities to combine “the technical knowledge and inventive spirit” of the two companies in their respective fields (i.e. drones and cameras). products “Hasselblad and DJI share a passion to provide creative people with cutting-edge, inventive technology to help them take visual storytelling to the next level,” says DJI CEO Frank Wang. “With this partnership, we combine our strengths to further push the borders of what’s possible in imaging technology.” The companies say they will each focus on their own strategic directions and keep their marketing and branding separate. Hasselblad cameras will still be handmade in Sweden, and DJI cameras will still be manufactured in Shenzhen, China. Hasselblad is no stranger to
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National Geographic Lays Off 9% of Staff to Begin Its New Life Under Fox

natgeoaxefeat National Geographic is laying off 9% of its 2,000 employees as it prepares to finalize its “expanded partnership” with 21st Century Fox, a $725 million deal that turns the iconic yellow-bordered magazine into a for-profit publication. The roughly 180 layoffs reportedly represent the largest reduction in the 127-year history of the Society. NPPA reports that employees received an email from Society CEO Gary Knell on Monday, informing them of the “restructuring and transformation,” and telling them to check their email yesterday to learn their job’s fate.
To all NGS Staff: After very careful and serious consideration, we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic. To that end, please make every effort to be available tomorrow, November 3rd, either in your regular work location, and/or by phone. If you are traveling for business, on vacation or plan to be out for
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Polaroid Sues GoPro, Claims Its Cube Camera Design Was Stolen

polaroidgopro The company behind Polaroid cameras has filed a new lawsuit against GoPro, claiming that GoPro ripped off the design of Polaroid’s cube-shaped action cameras by launching the GoPro Session back in July. The Wall Street Journal reports that the patent infringement lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, by C&A Marketing, the current manufacturer of Polaroid-branded cameras. C&A launched a Polaroid Cube camera back in January 2014, obtained a US design patent for a cube-shaped camera back in May 2015, and then unveiled the Cube+ in June 2015. The camera has a lens on the front and a large button on the top:
The Polaroid Cube+, announced in June 2015.

The Polaroid Cube+, announced in June 2015.

In July 2015, GoPro announced the HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped camera that looks strangely similar to the Polaroid Cube and Cube+. It too uses a large button on one face and a lens
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NYTimes to Bundle 1 Million+ Google Cardboards for VR Photojournalism

googlecardboard1 The rise of virtual reality photojournalism will get a huge boost this weekend thanks to the New York Times. The newspaper’s Sunday bundle for print subscribers will include a free Google Cardboard viewer for experiencing immersive photo and video content. Over 1 million units will be shipping with the paper, and another 300,000 will be sent to digital subscribers as well. Google Cardboard is a cardboard viewer that lets people use their smartphones as the display and “brains”, providing a low-cost way for people to get into VR content and development. cardboard2 This freebie is part of a new project called NYT VR, a virtual reality collaboration between the Times and Google. The first piece of VR content for subscribers is a 360-degree documentary film titled “The Displaced,” which “captures the resilience of three extraordinary children uprooted by war.” Viewers will be able to experience first-hand what it’s like to
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Humans of New York to Top NYTimes Bestseller List a Second Time

brandonstanton If you want to see an example of a photographer “killing it” in the Internet era, just look at Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York. In the short span of 5 years, Stanton’s portraits and interviews of strangers have grown into a global phenomenon with tens of millions of faithful fans. In addition to having 15+ million followers on Facebook and 4+ million on Instagram, Stanton will be the man behind two New York Times bestsellers after this weekend. The Online Photographer reports that Stanton’s book Humans of New York: Stories will officially take the #1 spot for hardcover nonfiction books when the New York Times publishes its Sunday Book Review. leaderboard Stanton’s first book, Humans of New York, also shot to the #1 spot after it was published two years ago, in October 2013. humansofnewyorkcovers NPR aired an interview with Stanton about the project this weekend:
“I was
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Canon Reportedly Working on a Full-Frame Mirrorless EOS M Camera

canonmirrorless Canon’s sales and profits have been taking a bit hit from the emergence of smartphone and mirrorless cameras, and the company’s EOS M line of mirrorless cameras hasn’t done much to help. The company will reportedly focus more on its mirrorless cameras in 2016, and now a new report says that there’s a full-frame mirrorless camera on the way. Canon Rumors is hearing from reliable sources that Canon is actively working on such a camera, and that the new body will keep some variant of the new EF-M mount — we’ll just have to wait and see how existing EF lenses are used on the new camera. Canon has released 4 mirrorless cameras so far — the M, M2, M3, and M10 — and all of them are entry-level cameras containing APS-C crop factor sensors. There may be a higher-tier APS-C EOS M camera announced before the full frame one
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Photographers in Dispute Over No Compete Contract

nocompete There’s currently a heated dispute going on between two photographers over the issue of a signed “no compete” contract for teaching photography. Arizon-based photographer Lisa Holloway is accusing Texas-based photographer Kyiera Jones of violating an agreement she signed back in July 2015 when she purchased 4 of Holloway’s videos that contained 14 hours of editing examples and instruction. Holloway has strict no compete terms that every customer must agree to. “Videos and recordings are not available to those who do ANY mentoring of any kind,” she writes on her product pages. “Videos and recordings are not available for purchase by those who reside within 75 miles of Kingman, Arizona.” Her lengthier Terms of Use page prevents customers from teaching photography and post-processing for 2 years after their purchase:
You may not produce any videos in the form of a photography and/or post-processing workshop/tutorial either for sale and/or free for
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AIG Has an Insurance Policy Specifically Designed for Camera Drones

dronehead If you’re an aerial photographer making a living with your camera drone, it might be a good idea to get it insured. Good news: AIG is now selling insurance that’s specifically designed with drone operators in mind. The new Unmanned Aircraft insurance is being offered through AIG Aerospace. The insurance protects both your pricey camera drone and you from liability: it can cover everyone involved in operating the drone (including non-pilots), loss from malfunctions and failures, physical damage, third party liability, and “war, hi-jacking and terrorism.” AIG says the policy is flexible and has terms and conditions that can be customized to individual needs. If drone insurance is something you may be interested in, check out the page on AIG to learn more and/or sign up. Business Insider reports that AIG is a big believer in the future of the drone industry — the CTO himself owns a drone
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Canon Profits Down 21% as Mirrorless Cameras Cut Into DSLR Sales

canonstock Canon announced its quarterly earnings today, and revealed that its operating profit for the quarter (~$665 million) has fallen 21% compared to last year. At the same time, Canon increased its full-year earnings estimate due to a drop in the value of the Japanese yen. Reuters reports that a shifting digital camera landscape are to blame for Canon’s weakening business. Smartphones are causing consumer demand for compact cameras to shrivel up, while mirrorless cameras are eating away at Canon’s market share for DSLRs, which have higher profit margins. It seems that photographers moving from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras aren’t choosing Canon’s mirrorless offerings.
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Sony Says It’s Still Committed to the A Mount

At PIX 2015 in Seattle, DPReview technical editor Rishi Sanyal sat down with Sony Alpha Product Manager Kenta Honjo for an interview about Sony’s cameras. At about 30m40s in, Sanyal asks: “Is Sony still committed to A-mount?” Honjo’s response: “I want to reassure all A-mount users: we are not quitting A-mount. We are still going to develop.” Sony UK recently told a customer that there are “no A-mounts planned,” but Honjo’s words should be reassuring to those who are invested in a collection of A-mount lenses.

Sony Says It’s Still Committed to the A Mount

At PIX 2015 in Seattle, DPReview technical editor Rishi Sanyal sat down with Sony Alpha Product Manager Kenta Honjo for an interview about Sony’s cameras. At about 30m40s in, Sanyal asks: “Is Sony still committed to A-mount?” Honjo’s response: “I want to reassure all A-mount users: we are not quitting A-mount. We are still going to develop.” Sony UK recently told a customer that there are “no A-mounts planned,” but Honjo’s words should be reassuring to those who are invested in a collection of A-mount lenses.

Kate Winslet’s Modeling Contract with L’Oréal Has a ‘No Photoshop’ Clause

winslet1 Actress Kate Winslet is taking a stand against unrealistic beauty retouching in the ad industry. In addition to speaking out publicly against the practice, Winslet has even included a “no retouching” clause in her modeling contract with cosmetic giant L’Oréal. E! Online interviewed Winslet at a Hollywood event this past week about the clause and her stance on retouching: “I can only ever speak for myself and I can only ever do things that are important to me,” Winslet said when asked if she thinks other women will follow suit. “It’s a hope that other people might follow suit but it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women.” “I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up
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Sony to Acquire Toshiba’s Image Sensor Business for $165M, Report Says

toshibasony Sony’s juggernaut image sensor business may soon grow even more thanks to a name brand acquisition. The company is reportedly finalizing a deal with Toshiba to buy its sensor business for about $164 million. Reuters is hearing from sources that Toshiba is planning to sell its manufacturing plant to Sony and exit the sensor business altogether as part of a major restructuring plan. Sony sold 40% of all image sensors back in 2014, while Toshiba accounted for about 1.9% of sales, according to Nikkei. While it’s not a blockbuster deal, this acquisition will help Sony increase its camera sensor market share while fending off its main competitors, Omnivision (15.7%) and Samsung (15.2%). This latest news comes less than a month after Sony announced that it will be spinning off its booming image sensor business as a new company called Sony Semiconductor Solutions. It looks like
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Virtual Reality + I Answer 5 Questions on the #AskGaryVee Shoooooow

Hey friends — quick blog post coming to you from NYC. Just wrapped an episode with my man Gary Vaynerchuk. Episode 154… wowza. I’m sure you remember him from one of my most popular #cjLIVE episodes back in 2013. It was great to connect. Thanks for having me on the shoooooow! Here’s a brief recap of the Q&A: Let's get into the shooooow. #AskGaryVee Q: If I pursue what I think my passion is, but don’t come close to achieving what I want, will I have wasted my time? You gotta follow your heart, and that’s never a waste of time. I spent the beginnings of life trying to do the things people wanted me but it was all crap. There’s only one thing, and that’s doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the world. Gary brought up a good point, which is you also need to be real with yourself. If you want to
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Model Slams Magazine for Photoshopping Her Body, Posts Unretouched Shot

header 19-year-old signer, actress, and model Zendaya is making waves today after calling out a magazine for Photoshopping her body. She says she was “shocked” when she found her hips and torso “quite manipulated” in the published photo, and she has posted comparison photos showing what the retouchers did to her. Here’s the side-by-side diptych Zendaya posted to her Instagram account yesterday after she saw the photo published by Modeliste Magazine:

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“These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have,” writes Zendaya in the caption. “Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it.” The post quickly attracted over half a million likes
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100 Million People Are Now Using Google Photos

googlephotoshead Google announced yesterday that Google Photos has just crossed the huge milestone of 100 million active users per month. The news comes less than half a year after the May 2015 announcement of the the standalone service, which provides people with free and unlimited photo sharing. The growth and scale of the service is impressive. By comparison, Flickr just announced 112 million members back in May, 11 years after it launched. Google has also shared some interesting factoids that were gathered by peering at user data. The most photographed things are people, food, and cars. The most photographed animal is the dog, and the most photographed places are Paris, New York, and Barcelona. Searches for babies are the most popular on the service, and queries for “me” don’t lag far behind. For events and activities, the most popular are weddings, concerts, Christmas, dancing, birthdays, and clubbing (in that descending
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