Press Release: A new Day dawns for PhotoLegal

PhotoLegal, the UK podcast about photography and the law is gearing up for a second series starting early in September with a new co-host.

Kate Day, Telegraph Media Group’s Communities Editor is joining existing hosts James Barisic, solicitor at Devon firm, Everys, and photographers, Darren Hector and Phill Price. The lawyer and photographers recorded 7 episodes in their first series earlier this year which notched up almost 10,000 downloads and reached No.1 in the iTunes Visual Arts charts several times.

Kate Day said “I am really looking forward to joining PhotoLegal. I have thoroughly enjoyed the podcast’s unique mix of interesting and useful information and its lively and engaging presentation style.

“I very much look forward to working with Darren, James and Phill.”

Darren Hector said “Kate joined us twice as a guest on series one and the feedback was great. She is highly respected in her field and her blog is a must read for photographers, so we were delighted that Kate agreed to join us as a co-host for the next series.

“We are throwing her in at the deep end with series two, though, as, in addition to providing the podcast for download, we will be broadcasting live for the first time. This is groundbreaking for us and means that anything could happen!”

While the emphasis of the podcast is primarily legal issues such as copyright, harassment by the police and security guards and privacy, the trio also covered some ‘lighter’ general photographic topics such as retouching. They’re promising a similar wide range of content in series 2 – the first episode will be a discussion with Nick Dunmur of photographer’s rights organisation pro-imaging about issues which challenge photographers in the digital era such as the appearance of rights harvesting competitions and the growth of royalty free photography.

Nick Dunmur said “Royalty-free (RF) as a business model does not benefit photographers in the long term. There are some who have made, and continue to make, good livings from RF, but the shift from ‘usage’ to ‘unit’ and the subsequent commoditisation of photography has resulted in a huge devaluation of what we, as photographers, provide. Couple that with a swathe of photography competitions that seek to wrest image-makers’ rights from them in the process of entry and one can see that the photographic profession is under pressure from many sides.”

PhotoLegal has recently submitted a petition to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown calling on him to tackle rights harvesting in the Government’s current review of intellectual property law.

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