World Subjectright Foundation

Subjects for those interviewed by the popular press

Automated ubiquitous surveillance has reached into nearly all facets of our daily lives. Examples illustrating the need for Subjectrights include Sheraton Hotel's recording video of workers as they changed clothes in the company locker room, and surveillance cameras and automated imaging systems, made in ever smaller packages, with increasing automation, making it easier and easier to capture image content without the need of a skilled photographer or system operator.

The failures of leglislation, and of privacy doctrine, suggest that a new approach is needed.

Subjects in the media

There has also been an evolution in the simplicity of image capture, from a time when it required great skill to capture pictures, to the present day when image capture is being more and more automated:

Therefore we question the validity of copyright ownership in image data other than by the subjects depicted in the images.

Moreover, subjects of particular interest (inventors, scholars, etc.) are often photographed repeatedly for various newspapers and other media, simply because of copyright issues. One day a subject may pose for a New York Times article, and the next day the same subject will need to pose for a Globe article simply because the Globe cannot secure rights to NY Times content. This causes excessive wear and tear on the subject who needs to pose for many different photographers on various occasions. Although the photographers (or newspapers) often claim they want to impose their unique style of photography, this is often just rhetoric to mask the real reason, e.g. the desire for a unique copyright of photography. Subjectright solves this problem by granting rights in the picture to the subject, so that the subject can grant others rights that save the subject time (e.g. save the subject the need to continue to take valuable time away from research in order to be photographed again and again). The subject simply requires the photographer to agree to a rights sharing principle, which will allow the subject to use the picture in later works.

World Subjectrights Foundation is comprised of individuals who believe in self-ownership. Scientists, inventors, and others who frequently are asked to pose for pictures, should seriously consider joining World Subjectright Foundation and licensing their physical likenesses under Subjectright (S). Humanistic Property protected by Subjectright (S) may be licensed to private corporations, or to governments of countries who comply with treaties for refraining from theft of Subjectright Humanistic Property.

Download the Subjectrights Agreement form for media appearances.

See the first examples of media appearances conducted under Subjectright (S).

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