November 2004

The mother of Nottingham schoolgirl Danielle Beccan called for forgiveness as thousands of mourners gathered at her daughter’s funeral on Friday.

Paula Platt said 14-year-old Danielle’s life was “not in vain” and she had touched the lives of many people.

More than 1,000 people gathered for her funeral at the Trent Vineyard Church.

More pictures on my PhotoBlog at:

BBC – Danielle family lay her to rest

Earlier on PhotoBlog at:

Nottingham Stands Together [on gun crime]

Nottingham and More Guns

Shooting of Danielle Beccan :: Nottinghamshire Police Press Conference

Copyright-grabbing contracts are on the rise, warns Gwen Thomas of the AOP.

Simon Bainbridge reports in the British Journal of Photography

Large publishing houses have come under attack for their use of unfair contracts, which increasingly demand widespread and ‘unnecessary’ copyright grabs. Gwen Thomas of the Association of Photographers claims that publishers are denying photographers a fair share of the future earnings that can be generated by a successful image, and she has condemned the European Union for dragging its heels on the issue. ‘Despite numerous voices calling for the development of European-wide unfair contract legislation, the EU Commission seems reluctant to take action,’ she said at the recent Pyramide Europe meeting in Riga, Latvia. ‘The latest changes in German contract law, which gives individual producers of creative works greater powers to challenge unfair contracts, shows both the need and direction it could follow,’ she added. ‘However, the lobbying power of the big publishers seems to be able to stop the rest of Europe enjoying a measure of safeguard from the disgraceful contracts that photographers and other creators are often coerced into signing.’ Pyramide Europe (of which Thomas is manager) is a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG), which acts as an umbrella organisation comprising similar organisations in all the EU countries. It is currently looking at the issue of unfair contracts. Thomas once again cited BBC Worldwide as one of the worst examples, warning: ‘Photographers, along with the rest of the creative industries, need to be able to safeguard the things they create – we are all part of the economy of intellectual property, and the big players need to operate with respect for the rights of individual creators, not trample over them simply because they are big and they can.’ She added: ‘All we are trying to establish is a system that is fair, forward looking and will allow creators to continue to create.’ Pyramide Europe would like to hear from photographers and other creators in the EU who have suffered from unfair contracts, especially if the contract is cross-border. Email Gwen Thomas at

Copyright and ‘Copyright Grabs’ My collected links

For many journalist, and in particular, freelance photographers …..Copyright Grabs have become a standard feature of so many clients contracts. They are a ‘try-on’. These links describe the issue, and some, like the NUJ, RedEye and EP-UK suggest ways of combating such requests.

I hope others, who find themselves in a similar situation [freelance photographers] find them interesting and of some use.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48)

The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 – Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 2498

NUJ Freelance Newsletter

NUJ Ten things every freelance should know on copyright:

Editorial Photographers UK – EP-UKTrading under the new copyright legislation

Response to Copyright Grab Attempts…

Redeye Copyright advice and information

Intellectual Property – UK gov advice

The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA)

Creators’ Rights Alliance


Yorkshire Media: Photographic Copyright and Licensing Explained

I joined two minutes silence at 11.00am

11 hour of the 11day of the 11 month ….. Armistice [11th November 1918]

They shall not grow old as we grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

we will remember them……

British Legion:

I heard about on CNN, following the present punch-up in Fallujah. This being the latest chapter in the violence, and probably related to the re-election of Mr Bush.

It is not proper to tar all members of any nation, ‘with the same brush’, and so was really heartened to discover this site.

The link is supposed to be at: but it dosen’t work

[me thinks the dirty tricks dept are at it again …… :-)]

However, this is the direct link, and it does work …….

This is what they say about themselves……..

What’s this site about?

Most people who think carefully understand that Americans are not really any more jingoistic or xenophobic than people in other countries, but it never hurts to reinforce, especially considering what happened on November 2nd, 2004. What must it have looked like to the world outside our borders? America proudly re-appointed her reckless, incompetent and corrupt government. How much of America? Fifty-two percent. The rest of us are aghast and dismayed.

Lots of fuss is made about the ‘global village.’ The Internet was supposed to make communication between cultures, countries and peoples painless and easy. It was supposed to build bridges. But it doesn’t do this automatically; somebody has to reach out. The Internet was supposed to lead to education and understanding. It doesn’t. Rarely do people on the internet apologize. I thought it was high time. The world needs to understand that there are people in America who don’t like what our government is doing. And from the mail we’re receiving, there are people in the international community who appreciate this.

Also, come on, it’s kind of amusing.

You can upload your own image, I have done so, saying we are also very sorry in the UK, but your apology is graciously accepted.


Further posting on this at:

and livejournal at:

He had an itinerary that took him from the Chase Community Centre in St Anns, near to where 14yr old Danielle Beccan was shot last month. Then on to Radford Road Police Station to discuss various schemes with Chief Constable Steve Green.

Then onto a Community Dialogue Event at Holiday Inn, St James Street, Nottingham. Have covered a lot of this ministerial visit around Nottingham.

BBC story at:

BBC – One arrested over teen gun death

Observer – Girl, 14, killed in drive-by shooting,,1324016,00.html

Earlier, On my blogs

Nottingham Stands Together [on gun crime]

Shooting of Danielle Beccan :: Nottinghamshire Police Press Conference

Gun Crime and Police response – Collected Links

Operation ‘Real Estate’ – Nottinghamshire Police

Mothers Against Guns: Gun Crime, murder and shootings