Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to nudge a user to credit the person who made a photograph or video? I.e., users could click on Report, then indicate that an image has been posted without credit in a situation where creator might easily have been determined. There would have to be some algorithm, of course, that used reports from multiple reporters to somehow nudge the account holder to either delete the tweet (and repost with credit info) or to change the user’s future behavior. Maybe the offending, reported tweet would start showing up with red text to indicate to the world that they should be ashamed. Or maybe after a certain number of complaints the tweet gets (gasp) auto-deleted. Or (my preference) the account gets hobbled so user can’t post images anymore (but text-only Tweets just fine). There are lots of really fun ways to do this.
Here’s what does not appear to work: choosing to not follow those accounts that are flagrant copyright abusers.
What also doesn’t work is allowing only copyright-holders to file complaints to Twitter HQ. Not all artists have Twitter accounts, plus the forms are hard to find even if they did. Furthermore, most photographers don’t even know their images are on Twitter, uncredited. Encouraging a culture of credit is something that can be easily crowdsourced, and should be.
By the way, credit can be a Twitter handle (best) or just the artist’s name (when a good-faith search reveals they don’t have an account). And the credit can be in the text (best) but you can sometimes (or additionally) add credit by adding the text onto the image before you post (and that doesn’t eat up your 140 characters).
[ FYI, I made this image using a blank iPhone vector image from pixabay. No attribution requested by this company, but I added it anyway. ]
Just a few Galapagos photographs pulled from my Instagram feed. Click or mouse-over to read captions, and email me if you have any burning questions. I only had a few seconds to take many of these shots because the tour I was on was the regular “forced march” variety, and you’re required to stay in sight of the guide. Would love to go back for a more leisurely visit, ideally with a guide who has impaired mobility and walks slowly. I’ll be posting more pictures in the coming weeks, so follow me on Instagram if you’re a Galapagos fan.
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Some photographs I took during a visit to La Selva Research Station in 2008. Old, but recently discovered they hadn’t transferred to my site when I bailed on Flickr.
I was stuck inside a small room for most of stay (I was consulting for Organization for Tropical Studies), unfortunately, so not as many pics as I’d like. The full album (approximately 50 images) is below. I wish OTS would hire me again.
This little spider is a golden orb weaver (Nephila clavipes), I think:
Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) still attached to the tree:
Bromeliad on branch:
My high-security hotel in San José,
Just mouse-over the thumbnails below to see title, or click to see larger.
UPDATE: please see this page for updated slides and additional tips.
Here are tips for educators on how to attribute images in a Powerpoint slide deck (hit pause button to assert manual control of the slide advance). The tips are focused on the logistics of attribution (placement, text color, etc.) since the law aspect is, um, complicated. It’s just a draft, so if you have suggestions, let me know in comments or via email. I made it because very, very few educators seem to provide image credits. Or at least the ones who post their slides online …
This post shows a new setup for my automated system to vacuum camel crickets. The entire system (photograph below) now resides in a cardboard box, so it’s easily movable (I’ll be making cricket-sized holes around base, though, so they can approach from all sides). Vacuum tube is now hidden behind box, but with a clear plastic dining tube attached and extending into the middle of the box. Food bait is inserted into the dining tube at the end of a wire that is hooked around the tube entrance so that food is not vacuumed away along with cricket. A Belkin WeMo motion sensor is suspended from above using a flexible wire that allows me to fuss with distance and angle. Motion-sensing, battery-powered lights flank the dining arena. These lights have been covered in red paper so that the camel crickets are not as alarmed by the sudden illumination. Finally, a Belkin Netcam HD is trained on the arena so that I can get alerts when there is something about to happen, just in case I can spare a moment to watch (it has infrared illumination). As per before, the motion sensor activates the vacuum, briefly, then resets for the next one — the system is fully automated and works 24/7. It really sucks.