The other shoe dropping

Late breaking news: Facebook has delayed the implementation of the new policy. Send your comments to Facebook today. Link at the bottom of this post.
Facebook has just claimed the right to use or sell your identity, your content and your data without limit. They have nuked their own privacy policy, removing the right for you to keep anything private.   This takes the suckiness of the Instagram contract and adds even more suck by explicitly making you agree that everything they know about you is for sale, and that you have no right to keep any of it private. The new terms are set to take effect next Thursday.

ReallFcebookYou can find the proposed document here.

 

Facebook has asked for comments. They can be posted here.

 


Here’s the most important language (strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions).

You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related that content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us, subject to the limits you place. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.


The Section-by-Section Summary of Updates takes pains to claim that Facebook has the right to collect and make use of data that it finds “when you are using Fcebook or when Facebook is running.” This probably gives Facebook a license to collect, use, share and sell most of your web browsing (unless you are running software to block cookies) and much of what your mobile phone is gathering, such as your location, phone calls, etc.

They are already collecting a lot of this information. The screenshot below is from my Facebook feed a few hours after I did a search for a hotel in Reston on a totally unrelated site. Facebook is already collecting, using and selling this kind of information. They are now asking for irrevokable permission to continue, and to add your photos to the mix.

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As with the Instagram Terms of Use, I believe that Facebook is asking for open-ended permission here that does not serve the needs of users. This is an overly broad agreement that shifts the control over a person or company’s content and identity too far into the hands of Facebook.

I’ll be deleting the mobile application off my phone because I’m uncomfortable with the amount of data it gives to the company. I’ll have to think about any additional action depending on how the company responds to the comments.

The Instagram Papers

DAM Useful Publishing and ASMP have just released The Instagram Papers, a collection of essays about the current Instagram Terms of Use, and the rights that they give the company.  The company claims a right to do nearly anything with the photos and videos uploaded to the service, including to sell them, forever.

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In response, we have put out an open call for a meaningful right to terminate social media contracts. We believe that the right to sublicense your photos and identity should be something you can revoke, if the company’s practices become objectionable.

Over the next few months, ASMP will be working with other organizations to advocate for this basic contractual right. If you are interested in lending your name or your organization’s name to the effort, you can contact me here.

Here’s a link to the complete papers, which are available for free download and distribution.

 

 

Educational Discount for The DAM Book

It’s back to school time, and here at DAM Useful Publishing, we’re helping you save some money for tuition (or any of the other things students and teachers need to buy.) We’re offering a 20% discount on the electronic copy of The DAM Book 2nd Edition for students with an EDU address. We’re also offering a free electronic desk copy for teachers.

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Students with an EDU email address can use the code tdb-edu-913 to get their 20% off. Buy the book here. Enter the code at checkout.

Teachers can use that code as well. But if you write us, and tell us your name, email address, institution and course name, we’ll send you a code for a free desk copy of The DAM Book 2nd Edition PDF.

This promotion runs through the end of September.

The DAM Book now available in PDF!

DAM_Book_Cover_Digital2As of today, you can now purchase The DAM Book, 2nd Edition as a PDF file for digital download. This is the same version published by O’Reilly in 2009, with a new cover. This should be welcome news for overseas purchasers, as well as the many people who have asked for the book in electronic form over the last few years. We’re really happy to be able to make this available.

Digital Download – $19.99

I know there are some questions, so I have put together a short FAQ.

Where can I buy the PDF?
What formats are available?
Speaking of versions, aren’t we due for a new one?
Are printed copies still available?
If I’ve already bought the paper book, can I still get a discount?
Can I buy from Amazon?
Why should I buy from you?
Did you say Special Offers?

Where can I buy the PDF?
At the moment, you can only purchase it from us. We’re selling through ContentShelf, which handles the transaction and download. This is our first time using this service, and we’ll be very interested in the buyer experience.

What formats are available?
The book is available as a paper copy and as a PDF.   It’s unlikely that we will make it available in any other electronic formats, for this version.

Speaking of versions, aren’t we due for a new one?
This book was published in 2009, so the software versions included in the workflow sections are several versions old. However the fundamentals in the book are still quite solid and useful. I’m planning on writing a new version, but have not worked out the details yet. If you’d like to be placed on our mailing list, send me a note.

Are printed copies still available?
Yes, there are a limited number of printed copies available. You can buy from Amazon or from us directly. If you buy directly from us, we’ll also provide a free digital download of the PDF.  (You can buy a printed copy from Amazon, but it won’t qualify for a free digital download.)

Order your book here, and we’ll send you a coupon for a digital download within 24 hours.

If I’ve already bought a paper version, can I still get a discount?
We will offer a free version of the PDF book to anyone who purchased it directly through our website. Sorry, this does not apply to anyone who purchased the book through Amazon or any other outlet.

Qualified purchasers can contact us here to request their coupon.  Please provide name, address and purchase info at the time of request.

Can I buy the PDF from Amazon?
O’Reilly also has rights to sell a digital version of the book. The book may become available on the O’Reilly site and/or Amazon. At the moment, DAMuseful Publishing has no plans to sell through Amazon or iTunes.

Why should I buy from you?
We will offer special discounts for people who buy directly from us.

It’s our hope and expectation that we will be able to make book writing and video training a sustainable business by selling direct. When we provide the retail part of the transaction, it helps to make our business sustainable.

Did you say Special Offers?
As a matter of fact, I did. We’ll start by taking care of past customers. Anyone who bought The DAM Book 2nd Edition directly from us will be eligible for a free download of the digital version. And as we publish more books and videos, we will continue to offer repeat customers some love in exchange for their loyalty.

Email directly to request a voucher. Remember to provide name, address and purchase info.

 

Victoria Bampton’s Lightroom 5 book now shipping

lr5-book1In nearly every Lightroom presentation I make, I strongly urge attendees to purchase Victoria Bampton’s Lightroom Missing FAQ ebook. It is a smart comprehensive guide to just about every tool in Lightroom. Even though I know the program extremely well, I find the book to be invaluable when I have a question about the definitive behavior of some tool I don’t use all the time.

The newest version of the book has just been released. So, if you’re a Lightroom 5 user, it’s time to get the new copy.

Not only am I a fan of Victoria’s clear writing and comprehensive grasp of the application, I’m also a fan of her self-publishing venture. She has published the book herself from the first version, offering an ebook along with an optional paper version. I know from my own experience that this is often the only way to make book writing a profitable undertaking. Of course there are great ancillary ways to profit from book writing, but the traditional publishing royalty arrangement is getting more out-of-reach.

So, yes, she is yet another example of successful disintermediation in the photo ecosystem.

16 Years of Seven Cousins

If you’ve ever been to my house, you know what the image below represents. This morning, I shot the 16th installment of the Seven Cousins picture. Every year, sometime between spring and fall, my kids and my siblings kids all gather in Cascade, MD and make another image in this series. For the last two years, there has been exactly one day in the year when each of the cousins and I have been available to make the photo.

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This year was the first time I actually appeared in the photo (thank you Josie for making that suggestion).  It’s been one of my favorite projects to work on – a way to mark time, a visible record of our family, a collaboration between these great kids and me.

My longtime quest to preserve photographs is directly linked to the value I see in documents like this. These photos are incredibly meaningful to me, and I hope that the kids will come to value them as much as I do.

Thanks guys, for making it happen once again this year.

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New Lightroom 5 eBook available soon

I’ve been hard at work this spring on a new eBook covering some advanced Lightroom 5 workflows. The book is called Multi-Catalog Workflow with Lightroom 5. This multimedia book outlines how to create multi-catalog and multi-computer workflows with Lightroom 5. It provides a thorough exploration of the tools and methods that are useful in a multi-catalog workflow. It also shows you how to combine these techniques into purpose-driven workflows that solve real-world problems.

This ebook is a true multimedia hybrid, employing the techniques pioneered by my friend D J Clark. Video is used where it’s most appropriate – to demonstrate workflow sequences in action.  It is accompanied by text that provides context for the workflow, as well as a list of steps that you can refer to as you put the workflow into practice.

I’m publishing this eBook directly, The book will be available in PDF form so it can be played on a computer, and it will also come in ePub form for use on a tablet.

Release is expected in June 2013.

Okay so it took a little longer. It’s available now.

Ink, Paper and Diesel Fuel

Once upon a time, print media empires were built on a platform of ink, paper and diesel fuel. The most important prerequisite for a publisher was the ability to afford the cost of distribution.  On top of that platform, an editorial voice or service was built, along with an ecosystem of advertisers, and an audience of readers. Record companies added the cost of vinyl to the mix, and broadcasters added access to a government-licensed monopoly of the public airwaves.

Because the publishers controlled the means of production, they were the gatekeepers of media and, to some extent, of modern culture. They became the intermediaries between the creators and the public at large. Publishers built success by curating a voice or a point of view, leveraging their distribution abilities to make a coherent body of work. Few creators could afford to front the cost of distribution, even if they could manage to do the production themselves.

The high cost of distribution helped to create a controlled ecosystem for publishing. The value proposition for any media could be calculated using some factor of the cost of distribution. For many years, photographers charged on the basis of image size and print run – fees were tied directly to the cost of ink, paper and diesel fuel.  This set a valuation that people could understand and created a relatively stable market.

Disintermediation describes the what happens when the intermediary players are no longer needed. Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Hulu, Google and a few more have taken the middleman out of media and retail businesses. Disintermediation is clearly happening, and it’s measurable. You can compare audience size, money paid, number of paid performers, profit sharing of the technical partners and more. If you have some good information to work from, it’s possible to form a good picture of the actual progress in getting rid of the middleman.

ZenithOptimedia recently came out with a list of the 30 largest media companies, and Google is at the top of the list with media revenue of $37.9 Billion. And the vast majority of Google’s revenue in this space is tied to a model of Disintermediation, where the gatekeeper simply opens the door, and lets anyone walk through.  Of course, there are still a number of companies that remain on the list that do function in a more traditional manner, but they all are working to adapt to the new environment.

The gatekeepers have lost their oligarchy, and, yes, the barbarians are at the gate. Electronic distribution has taken the hard value factor out of the compensation equation for creators, leaving a zero in place in some instances. In other instances, the multiplier remains, but it is so much smaller than the cost of physical distribution, that it amounts to nearly zero.

Crowd-sourcing is not the only model, thankfully. There is still room for a voice or a point of view that is curated. Yes, you can listen to a computer-generated playlist on Pandora, but I still prefer the surprise and delight of listening to great DJs like Mark Wheat at the Current (a real over-the airwaves station, in addition to an internet station.) I don’t think we’re anywhere near the end of curation. Rather, we are in a new world of curation where it’s possible become an editorial voice, despite your inability to pay the cost of ink, paper and diesel fuel.

Leora Kornfeld is doing some really interesting reporting on this subject.  She’s a Reasearch Associate at Harvard, studying disintermediation. Her blog De-mass’d reports on the phenomenon, providing good research into the specifics of the media reach, money earned, and implications of the demassing of mass media.  If you want to really get a handle on Disintermediation, and how it is actually taking place, put her blog on your reading list.

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