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Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:49

Delete those photos of Stonehenge from your site

Written by Nick Farell

Stupid copyright enforcement of the day
English Heritage, which is supposed to be protecting Stonehenge for humanity, has been taking it upon itself to serve up cease and desist notices on photosharing and stock photo sites.

The big idea is English Heritage, which is backed by the UK government, claims that any picture of Stonehenge breaks its copyright. Any use of the snaps “for commercial interest” have to be approved by English Heritage which we guess also means money changing hands.

One recipient of a cease and desist letter, the site FotoLibra, is trying to figure out on what legal basis English Heritage is making this claim, noting that English Heritage "has been their responsibility for 27 of the monument's 4,500 year old history.”

We would have thought that after 4,500 years after its creator's death Stonehenge would be public domain and almost certainly prior art. We know that that English Heritage is probably having a bit of trouble struggling with a Government which wants to cut back a bit on spending, but making a swift buck out of websites who run pictures of ancient monuments is fairly daft.

Nick Farell

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0 #1 Tr0y 2010-10-21 10:02
Besides a huge "banking industry *)" - what else do the English have? They must become really creative to finance their huge national deficit.

*) Definition of "industry": "Industry refers to the production of an economic good."

... I would call worthless papers and financial "products" hardly "economic goods".
+3 #2 Wolfdale 2010-10-21 11:50
this i nothing but a joke tbh..
if they really want to enforce copyright, they should have done so from the start,
now that pictures and content of this topic are literally all over the place, heck microsoft used it in several of their products,
they cant possibly claim copyright after so many years of public allowance of it,

would be fun to patent and copyright something.. then wait till half the world uses it, and THEN suddenly claim copyright and make millions of it..
even tough several companies have tried this, its not gonna work

its like the police putting a prisoner in jail without a toilet.. at some point they have to pee, and then what.. fine them for peeing on the floor?
+7 #3 Nooblet 2010-10-21 12:43
fyi... talking to me infringes my copyrights, as my genius thoughts and ideas will stream into that weasel brain of yours and serve for commercial purposes.
+1 #4 deadspeedv 2010-10-21 12:46
Good old poms. Nice to see they still have intelligence

0 #5 Fud_u 2010-10-22 00:23
Lol, here come the greedy snob.

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