Lori Carey Photography

Monday, August 20, 2012

For Photographers: FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal

The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work
is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement
without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable
by fines and federal imprisonment.

As of last week you can use the same FBI Anti-Piracy Seal that you see at the beginning of movies on your copyrighted works, including your photos, as long as you follow the conditions outlined on the FBI website. It must appear on or in connection with copyrighted works (the work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office) and must have the authorized official warning language immediately adjacent.

I personally think it's a bit much to put the seal directly on my photos, but I'm wondering if other photographers think that placing this warning somewhere on their website or maybe printed materials might help deter copyright infringement? Does anyone out there plan to make use of it, and if so, how?

Here's the link to the page on the FBI's site containing the specifics and the link to download the official FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal. Note that you will need to agree to the conditions before you can download the file.

FBI Anti-Piracy Seal

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

California Pepper Tree

California Pepper Tree  (Schinus molle)

There aren't many trees in the California Coastal Scrub habitat. It is unique to southern California, found from sea level to 1500 feet in elevation, the coast to the foothills. The shallow dry soil and Mediterranean climate is home to mainly soft-stemmed drought resistance chaparral. Other than ornamental landscaping trees, most of the few trees you do find were brought here from somewhere else (and now are considered invasive). The California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle) is actually native to the Andes Mountains of Peru and was brought to the early missions by the Franciscans who needed a drought resistant shade tree.

Here a lone Pepper Tree provides a bit of drought resistant shade on the parched hills.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cinder Cone National Natural Landmark in the Mojave National Preserve

Cinder Cones National Natural Landmark in the Mojave National Preserve, California

Cinder cones are small hill-sized volcanoes with steep sides, conical shapes and a small crater at the top. There are over 30 in this area of the Mojave, along with thick black basalt lava flows and underground lava tubes for the adventurous to explore. The eruptions that formed these cinder cones and lava flows found in this area began 7.6 million years ago and finished about 10,000 years ago. It is thought that the lava came to the surface as the region was pulled apart creating the Basin and Range province.