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Live and Learn, I guess

One day after I requested my images be reinstated as UBISOFT never filed any charges in the 14 days, and I had proven that my images predate their game, so couldn’t be derivitave of their game, and UBISOFT doesn’t own the copyright to the words/phrase “Assassin’s Guild Meeting”, the three photos that received a takedown notice from UBISOFT have been reinstated. For that, I am grateful.

What I’m not so grateful about is how I was “guilty until you prove yourself innocent”, and what I had to go through to prove I wasn’t guilty of intellectual property infringment/theft. That someone can make a false claim, and Redbubble didn’t even look, just removed access to the images.

Another photo hosting site received the same takedown noti…

Finally got a Ubisoft contact

And I drafted and sent this letter to them:

“Dear Ubisoft;

In early 2007, I did a concept photography session in my home. I made prints of these photos and sold them at art show and printed on demand, and have been selling them for the past 6, almost 7 years. I did this before your “Assassins CREED” game came out.

The reason I’m saying this is my 3 photo series is called “The Assassin’s Guild Meeting”. You filed an IP violation against my images on one my photo hosting/sale sites. My photos predate your game.

The titles of my photos predate your game. You don’t own the word ASSASSIN, although you did try to copyright it in 2009, a full two years after my concept photoshoot.

The name of my three (3) photo series is “Assassin’s Gui…

I got some interesting and helpful news

I had queried about this kerfuffle with Ubisoft and their claim of IP Violation due to the name of my photo series “Assassin’s Guild”

This is the response I received:

“The word “Assassin” (in various spellings) dates back to the Crusades. UBISOFT is literally trying to trademark a word of medieval origin. What’s more, they are trying to trademark only part of their own title, which would be like George Lucas trademarking the words “Star” or “Wars.” That is against trademark law, and you can countersue against them for filing a frivolous claim for the purposes of harassment."

I really hope that RedBubble administration does th right thing. I really don’t want to have to hire a lawyer when I’ve done nothing w…

Sorry, UBISOFT, you do NOT own the word "Assassin"

Although my photos pre-date their game by the better part of a year, UBIsoft has decided that the word ASSASSIN retroactively belongs to them and only them. Guess again. My response to them:

“Dear UIBSOFT, in early 2007, I did a concept photography session in my home. I made prints of these photos and sold them at art show and printed on demand, and have been selling their for the past 6, almost 7 years. I did this before your “Assassins CREED” game came out.

The reason I’m saying this is my 3 photo series is called “The Assassin’s Guild Meeting”. You filed an IP violation against my images on one my photo hosting/sale sites. My photos predate your game. The titles of my photos predate your game. You don’t own the word ASSASSIN.

The name of …

Still nothing back about my counter claim of IP/Copyright Violation

On advice of a friend, I spent a lot of time doing an extensive search to make sure that no one did a similar series of images like the ones of mine. Nothing. Every websearch, stock site search, nothing. Do an images search, nothing. And when I say nothing I mean nothing but mine.

So, I checked by title. There are so many things out there with the word “Assassin’s” but not titled as my images were, so that can’t be it either.

The closest thing is Assassin’s Creed, the game, but my photos pre-date the release of the game by a good 6 months.

Someone asked me did the person who bought the prints at the art auction file the complaint? I don’t see how as selling a print doesn’t relinquish my copyright, and neither one of them could have even tried t…

Wait.. what?

I got this from Redbubble after having these photos, that I took in 2007, on their site were taken down because of IP violation. Huh?

“Dear Sandra,

We are contacting you in accordance with Redbubble’s IP/Publicity Rights Policy and as a result of having received a complaint in relation to the following content:

Assassin’s Guild – End of the Meeting : http://www.redbubble.com/works/show/876917
Assassin’s Guild – Tools of the Trade : http://www.redbubble.com/works/show/898532
Assassin’s Guild Meeting: http://www.redbubble.com/works/show/280486

As you will be aware from our IP/Publicity Rights Policy, Redbubble requires a certain amount of information before it acts on such a complaint, including that:

- the relevant content is specifically named;

- th…

The More I learn

The more I can see what needs to be done to photographs that takes them from “Yeah, ok” to “Wow.”. I have been revisiting previously taken photographs with new knowledge and have been re-processing them. The results have been astounding. Amazing what a little knowledge can do.

A trip down Memory Lane

Kodak “Brownie” Six-20 circa 1946-53 in working condition. Except for the scrapes in the paint on the front, in perfect condition. I want to get a roll of B&W film and take a trip down memory lane with it.

I’m looking to see if I can find someone to restore the front of it, get it cleaned up and take it out for a spin. My Grandfather had one like this, so it’s pure nostalgia for me!

Concept Photo shoot

Last week was the culmination of an idea I had. I had wanted to recreate, with a live model, some Greco/Roman statues and friezes. It went from an idea, to a concept.

Then came the planning stages. I researched, went to the library, scoured the internet for imagery of statues, both marble and bronze, friezes and pottery. I also borrowed some items from a local historical re-creationist group.

With those in hand, it was time to go in search of a model. I wanted someone who was physically fit, well defined musculature, but not bulky. And as subject matter would require a nude model, he would have to be experienced. I wasn’t after frontal nudity, as I didn’t want giggles and titillation. I wanted physique.

The perfect model for my project was found. After discussing what I wante…

Lunar Eclipse Dec 10, 2011

I spent about 4 hours outside last night, photographing the Lunar/Blood Moon eclipse. It was amazing

I used my CanonEOS 7D, 70-200 EF IS 2.8. and a Mark III 2x extender. For all intents and purposes, a telescope attached to a camera body.

I took hundreds of photos, but ended up selected one photo for every 5 or so minutes. This turned out to be a great method, because even with mirror lock up there was some vibration due to occasional wind. A few of the photos weren’t as sharp as the rest due to high thin clouds putting in an appearance, but overall, it was a great photo shoot

Best part, I was able to do it in my back yard, with a clear view of the night skies. :)