TYB : Tentative initial enquiries

Whilst in France I started making some initial enquiries by phone with the various mairie (Ty Ker) offices that I’ll need to get onboard for the exhibition. They want everything in writing, with examples...

My initial reaction was that this was typical French bureaucracy going mad, but to be fair I should have expected it. French copyright law is such that everyone who appears in a photograph has to give their permission for each and every usage of that photograph, so they need to know what they’re agreeing to show on their notice boards as effectively they’ll be endorsing it. To a much lesser degree, property permissions may also be needed if the use of the property. From 2004 onwards, the owner of a property or object doesn’t have exclusive rights over images of the property from public spaces, although they can oppose the use if such use causes them an “abnormal” problem (according to the Photo This & That website).

I’m now in a position where I will need to write a series of letters with sample images and some clear background, including links to associated websites and all the stuff that normally goes with a submission and post them off to them. A bit of extra cost, possibly a slight delay but hopefully everything should be pretty smooth once they have that...

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