What are the legal and ethical implications of taking images off social media and the editorial message those selections imply.
The hashtag campaign #IfTheyGunnedMeDown illustrates the significance of editorial choice of photographs. See http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/13/iftheygunnedmedown-african-americans-challenge-media-stereotypes-after-ferguson
Here is an American analysis of the question:
- Stewart, D 2012, ‘CAN I USE THIS PHOTO I FOUND ON FACEBOOK? APPLYING COPYRIGHT LAW AND FAIR USE ANALYSIS TO PHOTOGRAPHS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES REPUBLISHED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES’, Journal On Telecommunications & High Technology Law, 10, 1, pp. 93-121, Legal Source, EBSCOhost, viewed 26 September 2014.
Photocopying — Fair use (Copyright)
Copyright of photographs
Copyright & electronic data processing
Online social networks
Reporters & reporting
- Abstract: The article discusses the application of fair use analysis and copyright law to photographs on social networking sites to evaluate the validity of photographs republished for news reporting purposes. It says that the original authorship creators fixed in any medium of expression are entitled to exclusive rights under the Copyright Act of 1976. It also mentions that courts consider the character and the purposes of the use such as nonprofit educational or commercial nature.
and FYI regarding HashTag campaigns: https://news.vice.com/article/hashtag-movements-and-the-need-for-a-diversity-of-tactics
IDENTITY ONLINE THEMES: privacy, misreprestation