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Dunlap Codding Shareholder Emily E. Campbell Quoted in an Article on Copyright Office Inquiry into Licensing of Photos, Illustrations

Emily Campbell was quoted extensively in an April 28, 2015, Bloomberg BNA article published by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., written by Anandashankar Mazumdar.  The article summary stated, “The Copyright Office is reviewing how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations, are monetized, enforced, and registered under the Copyright Act.”

The Federal Register, on April 24, had published the Office’s call for public comments on obstacles facing creators of visual works in monetizing their creations.  Emily was quoted as saying that the process seemed “like medicine, where we are trying to take preventative steps to maintaining our health.  It seems like the Copyright Office is trying to take preventative measures to protect rights with regard to digital images.”  Typically, those holding copyright interest in visual works have had only reactive measures to turn to, such as relying on “copyright enforcement groups out there enforcing rights of third parties.”  Emily commented that the initiative was a good start in prompting thinking about how to protect rights from the beginning.

The article noted that, according to the notice, “Even when creators of visual works successfully license use of their works, the resulting uses can result in their credit information and other embedded copyright management data being stripped away.”

Emily explained that copyright holders, their lawyers and potential users or licensees of visual works do not currently have access to a comprehensive, centralized database of visual works. 

“Currently there’s a database that’s in place, but copyright law has always had a challenge of chasing technology,” Campbell said. “So we face these issues of trying to conduct a search on the Library of Congress site and we face a limitation in that we can’t view the works.”

Emily suggested that something akin to the Creative Commons database would be helpful in overcoming some of the obstacles faced.


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About DC on Film Row

DC on Film Row is a free event space open to everyone in our community.

We like to say that the space is a “home for creatives and innovators, home builders and the homeless, celebrators and the celebrated” so people understand that we are inclusive and want everyone from throughout our community using our space.

Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

Got an idea for how to use the space? Just ask us – we’re almost certain to say yes!

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