Whether it be through expected price increases of their remaining film stock, the discontinuations of others, or by defending themselves from patent infringement litigation by the likes of Apple, Eastman Kodak can’t seem to keep their name out of the headlines these days, especially since their very public Chapter 11 bankruptcy fiasco.
Taking to his familiar podium on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced today that his social media empire plans to buy the incredibly popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, for One. Billion. Dollars… in cash and stock.
In this day and age where camera comparisons are a dime a dozen, and the ever-so-rigid pixel-peepers are quick to jump at the chance to prove why his or her weapon of choice for motion picture capturing is superior to the next person’s, it easy to lose sight at what these devices are intended to do for a filmmaker in the first place- to provide the methods in which our stories, held deep within the depths of our creative minds, can be told.
The unlawful use of photographers’ images is a serious issue sparking much debate amongst creatives all around the world, so much so that one French organization has come up with a risqué campaign that is aimed at firmly gripping the attention of the photographic community, media, and government.
French-based organization Union des Photographes Professionnels has, quite frankly, seen enough of the abuses that photographers have had to endure. Their controversial advertisement, which has stirred up quite the buzz, was developed to represent professional photographers in their combat against the constant struggles they face, concerning the illegal uses of their images.