|Beyonce by Denis O'Regan (c) Glastonbury Festivals Ltd 2011|
Eleonora has just posted up a blog on the IPKat on the ramifications of the Act under the headline 'The end of copyright as we know it?' and it's well worth a read.
In other snapper news, and with a very dfferent approach to controlling images, Beyonce has reportedly banned professional photographers from her entire 'Mrs Carter Show' world tour, which began in Serbia earlier in April. Purportingto be taken from information for media outlets wishing to cover the shows, Facebook page Music Photographers has posted a paragraph of text saying: "There are no photo credentials for this show. Local news outlets, including print and online, will be given a link to download photos from every show. They will need to register to access the photos" for media use. Those official photos are apparently all taken by one photographer, Frank Micelotta for Associated Press. The move seemingly stems from the incident this year in which Buzzfeed posted, and then refused to take down, photographs from Beyonce's Super Bowl performance, which Beyonce’s PR team deemed to be "unflattering". The star has asked fans for no flash photography and not to post photos online either. The Huffington Post says that 'B' has failed here, with fans posting thousands of images on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - and with fan shots possibly replacing snaps by professionals in the media - which may not quite be what was intended by Mrs Carter's minders ........