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Facebook Changes Terms of Service — Photographers Be Wary!

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I am a member of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers).  They recently sent a useful update about a change to Facebook’s Terms of Service.  The use of social media is always a balance between effective promotion and sacrificing your rights as an image maker.

ASMP advises strongly evaluating the new changes:

The new Facebook Terms of Use have been modified to allow the company to sell virtually anything that is uploaded to the service, including all your photos, your identity and your data. Facebook has also explicitly removed the privacy protection from the commercialization rights. This means that any photos uploaded to Facebook may be sold, distributed or otherwise commercialized with no compensation to the photographer.

Here’s a summary of the changes that ASMP has tracked. Here’s the most important language. (Strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions.)

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Robin Williams’ Family Remembers the ‘Gentle, Loving’ Actor

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Robin Williams had a child with his first wife, Valerie Velardi, and two kids with his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams, the woman who had been his first kid’s nanny. At the time of Williams’ death, he was married to his third wife, Susan Schneider. It all seems pretty complicated, but clearly the family all had a lot of affection for the man they were all connected to. The kids, Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22, and his second wife Marsha all released statements about Williams’ death and they’re pretty heart-wrenching.

Zelda’s is the saddest.

“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful…

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Tribute: James Gandolfini

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Today we pay our respects to James Gandolfini, who passed away on the 19th June 2013 while vacationing in Italy. Gandolfini will always be associated with his highly acclaimed performance in the role of Tony Soprano in the series The Sopranos. Today we’ll be looking at a different role, the one we first took notice of him. As Tony Soprano he intimidated us, but as Virgil in True Romance he scared the ever living piss out of us.

When Alabama (Patricia Arquette) returns to her motel room to wait for her husband Clarence (Christian Slater) she finds the imposing Virgil waiting for her. Virgil is a mob enforcer who is there to reclaim the cocaine that Clarence had stolen earlier in the film. Although this character, played by Gandolfini, only appears in this one scene it’s the only moment in the movie where we fear for the character’s lives…

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